Sharks Cs Thornton, Couture day to day heading into playoffs

Posted April 13, 2017

If making the playoffs wasn't enough for Edmonton Oilers fans, those who buy in to 50/50 are in for a real treat come Wednesday. There is also scoring depth behind the talented center, something that the Sharks lack. Jannik Hansen was a nice addition at the trade deadline. Connor McDavid was hunting for his first 100-point season, and Vancouver fans were hoping for a dignified slide into the sarlacc pit of obscurity.

Leon Draisaitl put up a goal and two points, putting up yet another multipoint performance. Although trade deadline acquisition David Desharnais helped to balance out Edmonton's attack, this is still a top-heavy offense.

In addition to McDavid, the Oilers have secondary scoring options.

ABOUT THE OILERS (46-26-9): McDavid notched his 100th career assist Saturday to extend his point streak to 13 games - the longest run in the National Hockey League this season. Can the inexperienced Oilers overtake the wily veterans in San Jose? We have to be better. The top defense pair features breakout blueliner Oscar Klefbom and partner Adam Larsson, who was acquired in the offseason for Taylor Hall and had a team-leading plus-21 rating. But Draisaitl has zero playoff experience, too.

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San Jose: Other than Burns, and despite a so-so save percentage of.912, goalie Martin Jones might have been the Sharks' most valuable player.

With McDavid entering the game on 98 points, the Canucks knew that the Oilers were going to try every way possible to get him to 100. He has just two career games of experience in the playoffs, though, coming on in relief for Henrik Lundqvist twice in 2014 with the Rangers.

In late-season dress-rehearsals between San Jose and Edmonton, the Oilers won both games. Cam Talbot has given up 169 goals on 2,086 shots faced and Laurent Brossoit has allowed nine goals on 136 shots.

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Unlike the power play, the Oilers and Sharks are remarkably similar when playing on the penalty kill. He's in his seventh National Hockey League season, all with Edmonton, and has yet to play for the big prize. Couture also provides considerable offense with 25 goals, including a team-high 11 on the power play. The Oilers generate 7.52 more shot attempts per 60 (100.82 CF60), 5.28 more unblocked shot attempts per 60 (73.09 FF60), and 5.03 more shots on goal per 60 (52.54 SF60) than the Sharks.

The San Jose Sharks first round opponents have been set and they will be facing Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. There's still no indication if either will be ready for Game 1. They've made it to the postseason the in 12 of the last 13 seasons. In Game 1 of that series, the Oilers' championship dreams were crushed when Roloson suffered an MCL injury. Many have cited injuries to Logan Couture and Joe Thornton as the reason for their recent lull, but they haven't looked great even with those guys healthy.

Because of the 10 straight seasons out of the playoffs, Edmonton fans seemed to insist on having angst about the Oilers managing to make the playoffs nearly all the way down to the day it became a mathematical certainty.

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