Edmonton (3-2) at San Jose (2-3)
When: Saturday, April 22nd 2017
Where: SAP Center, San Jose, CA
Time: 10:35 ET | TV: NBC Sports Network
The San Jose Sharks will look to force a Game 7 against the Edmonton Oilers when they host Game 6 on Saturday night at SAP Center in San Jose. The Sharks looked in control of Thursday’s Game 5, but played prevent defense in the the third period and allowed the Oilers to send the game to overtime and never really threatened to score in the extra time as the Oilers took a 3-2 series lead. San Jose, which won the previous game 7-0, scored three straight goals after the Oilers took a 1-0 lead, but couldn’t hold on. Mikkel Boedker, who was a healthy scratch for Games 3 and 4, scored midway through the first period to forge a 1-1 tie and set up defenseman David Schlemko’s goal 8:38 into the second as San Jose took a 3-1 lead. After a franchise record-setting performance in Game 4 (4-for-8), the Sharks received only one power-play opportunity in Game 5 and failed to cash in, dropping to eighth among the 16 playoff teams (5-for-23, 21.7%). Forward Patrick Marleau scored his 67th career postseason goal in Game 5, moving past Joe Nieuwendyk for 18th place on the all-time list while climbing within one of the legendary Gordie Howe.
David Desharnais saw limited ice time throughout the pivotal Game 5, but made the most of it late in the contest. After setting up defenseman Oscar Klefbom’s tying goal with 2:46 remaining in the third period, Desharnais gave the Oilers a 3-2 series lead at 18:15 of overtime with his fourth career playoff goal. Desharnais, who was acquired from Montreal on February 28th, saw only 13 minutes, 19 seconds of ice time in Game 5 – the third-lowest amount among Edmonton forwards. Kris Russell entered Game 5 with a league-leading 22 blocked shots this postseason but failed to record one in the victory. Russell, who topped the NHL during the regular season with 213 blocks, was overtaken for first place in the playoffs by San Jose’s Justin Braun (26). Forward Leon Draisaitl, who avoided a suspension for a spearing infraction in the previous game, recorded a pair of assists in Game 5 for his first two career playoff points and went a remarkable 15-4 on faceoffs.
I expect San Jose to come out much like they did throughout Game 4 and most of Game 5. This is the type of series that should go seven games and I expect it will.
Pick: Sharks -140
HEAD TO HEAD
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