The San Jose Sharks (19-37-14) are last in the Pacific Division and are on a six-game losing streak as they prepare to face the Edmonton Oilers (39-23-8) on Monday night. The Sharks are coming off a big 4-1 defeat at home against the New York Islanders, where only Kevin Labanc could put his name on the scoresheet.
On the other hand, the Oilers enjoyed a brilliant 6-4 win in a high-scoring encounter over the Seattle Kraken. Evander Kane had a terrific night as he scored three times in the win, while Connor McDavid, Zach Hyman and Kailer Yamamoto were the other scorers. Edmonton will host this game at Rogers Place, where they will look to get their fourth consecutive win, whereas the Sharks will look to avoid their seventh straight loss.
San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers: Betting Odds
|San Jose Sharks||+265||+1.5 (+125)||O 7 (+105)|
|Edmonton Oilers||-330||-1.5 (-145)||U 7 (-125)|
The Sharks are in a lot worse position than they were in the previous season. The team is ranked 25th in the league in offense, scoring 2.8 goals per game while conceding 3.8 goals per game. They have managed a single win in their last 10 games and have zero chance to qualify for the playoffs. The Sharks have scored a total of 200 goals and conceded 269, a difference of -69.
The Edmonton Oilers are well in the race to qualify for the playoffs. They are third in the division but finished second last season with an overall record of 49-27-6. The Oilers are the No.1 team on the offensive front, scoring 3.9 goals per game, but they have to do some work on their defense as they have been conceding 3.3 goals per game. The team has managed to score 274 goals in 70 games so far while allowing a total of 235 goals against them, which is a difference of +39.
Fixture: San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers
Date & Time: Monday, March 20, 9:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Rogers Place, Edmonton, Canada
San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers: Pick
Leon Draisaitl has been a goalscoring and assist-making machine for the Oilers this season. He has already scored 44 goals and recorded 60 assists in 68 games. Draisaitl has also been relatively successful against the Sharks, finding the net 10 times and providing 17 times in 28 games. Leon Draisaitl again has a chance to add to his brilliant tally with another impressive performance tonight.
Best Pick: Leon Draisaitl Anytime Scorer (-130)
San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers: Prediction
The two teams have faced each other only once this season, when the Oilers thrashed the Sharks 7-1 despite being away from home. Now they have a chance to write a similar script as the home team. They are also fighting to earn a better seed for the postseason, so they will definitely go all out tonight. Considering all the statistics and the current form, the Oilers have the upper hand. Expect them to cover the spread.