A win tonight over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 2 of their first round series may not be mandatory for the San Jose Sharks, but it is certainly pivotal for their chances to advance. In NHL history, teams who have taken a 2-0 lead have gone on to win the series 86.4% of the time, according to whowins.com.
Pete DeBoer himself has had a decent record of success in the second game of a series. In eight career Game 2s, Peter DeBoer-coached teams have won five times, and have picked up two wins in three Game 2s after winning the second game of the series.
Where to watch/listen to the game
San Jose: NBC Sports California / 98.5 KFOX
Outside of San Jose (U.S.): NBC Sports Network
San Jose is not expected to make any changes. Joe Thornton skated with the scratches this morning, according to Friend of the Blog Kevin Kurz, but Thornton officially remains “day-to-day.” Meanwhile, Matt Benning is expected to draw back in for the Oilers.
Projected Sharks Lines
Melker Karlsson – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Jannik Hansen – Tomas Hertl – Mikkel Boedker
Joonas Donskoi – Patrick Marleau – Joel Ward
Marcus Sorensen – Chris Tierney – Timo Meier
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko
Projected Oilers Lines
Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Drake Caggiula – Mark Letestu – Zack Kassian
Benoit Pouliot – David Desharnais – Anton Slepyshev
Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera – Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse – Matt Benning