Sharks at Oilers 12/29/18 - NHL Picks & Predictions
The San Jose Sharks look for a second straight victory on Saturday when they visit the Edmonton Oilers. The Sharks defeated the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday 4-2. Brent Burns scored during the third period of his 1,000 NHL game. Also scoring for San Jose were Meiker Karlsson, Marcus Sorensen Tomas Hertl.
Edmonton lost its fourth straight after falling to the Vancouver Canucks 4-2. Edmonton fell behind 4-1 after one period and could not recover. Scoring for the Oilers in the loss were Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl. Oilers high scorer Connor McDavid is fourth in points in the NHL, but his team is 25th in goals scored.
Joe Pavelski leads the Sharks in goals scored with 23. Brent Burns is the Sharks leader in assists with 31, while Logan Couture is the points leader with 36. Goaltender Martin Jones is 15-8-4 and has a goals against average of 2.69 and save percentage of .904. San Jose is 8th in goals per game at 3.28 and 16th in goals against at 2.92.
Connor McDavid leads the Oilers in goals with 19, in assists with 35 and points with 54. Goalie Mikko Koskinen is 11-6-1 with a goals against average of 2.52 and save percentage of .918. Edmonton on the season is 25th in goals scored per game at 2.78 and 21st in goals against per game at 3.11.
San Jose is playing very good hockey having won 4 of its last 5 on the road and 28 of its last 40 versus teams from the Pacific division. The Oilers on the other hand have lost each of the last four overall and each of the last four played versus teams from the Western Conference. Final Score Prediction, San Jose Sharks win 5-3.