Sharks Gameday: The Oil Rig's On Fire!
|50-15-11, 111 points||36-32-9, 81 points |
|1st in Western Conference ||11th in Western Conference |
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Like, seriously bro.
Edmonton has been doing their best to avoid the playoffs for the third straight year, and tonight may be their last hurrah. With a home and home against Calgary to end the season, who will most likely be battling with Vancouver for that three seed up until the 82 game mark, their future schedule does not bode well considering the current playoff picture.
This ain't 2006, but anytime we have the chance to atone for that series loss by effectively knocking the Oil out does put a little swing in my step*.
* It's likely that's due to the celebratory drink consumed afterwards, but now you're just being a smart ass.
I've done a little bit of scouting the last week or so, and this is what I can tell you about Edmonton- they aren't skating well right now, and God forbid they win a possession battle off a dump in. Roloson is the only reason this team is afloat. Their only win in their last six? A 51 save performance against Anaheim. No matter which way you cut it, a playoff contender at this stage in the year should never force their goaltender to make 51 saves in a night. It's borderline obscene.
Word on the street is that the magic number is nine points to clinch the one seed, but it's actually ten points*. Why in the world sjsharks.com forgot to mention Boston in the race for the Presidents' Trophy is beyond me. Possibly it's a classic case of an anti East Coast bias mojo flying shin kick to the kidneys?
*[Update 3:54 PM]: Sjsharks.com has corrected their omission of Boston.
Prediction: Sharks win 4-2. Goals by Big Joe, Boyle, Cheech, and Michalek.