ENS Gameday Preview: Oilers @ Sharks

(L-R) San Jose Sharks Matt Irwin (52), Joe Thorton (19), Joe Pavelski (8) and Brent Burns (88) celebrate a Burns goal in the third period as Edmonton Oilers Matt Hendricks (23) skates to the bench in San Jose, Calif., on  Friday, March 28, 2014. (Scot Tucker/SFBay)

Puck Drop @ 8:30 PM, Sportsnet West

The Oilers will be looking to stop their current three game losing skid tonight as they roll into the Shark tank to take on San Jose. It’s Todd the God’s first time back in his old stomping grounds and you know he wants to win this one badly. Unfortunately for him he coaches the Oilers though. Now, normally I’m positive when it comes to the Oil, but its pretty damn hard to do that right now since they boys decided to start coughing up leads in the third period yet again. Its like the Oilers of old. Two goal lead in the third against Tampa? No problem, lets just put three pucks into our own net. Two goal lead against the Yotes? Lets just take a couple penalties and fold like a cheap suticase.. So Oilers it hurts. I want to think they’ll be able to bounce back with a good effort for Friggin’ Todd tonight but I don’t want to get my hopes up too high.

The Sharks enter this one having won 3 straight games and are barely holding onto the third and final playoff spot in the PAC-7. They have looked dangerous over the last week and have suddenly exploded for a million goals in their last three games. This will be a tough game for Edmonton.

Lineup

These are the lines from practice yesterday so lets just pretend they’re what we will see tonight..

Zack Kassian is set to make his Oil debut on a line with Tony Lander and Nail Yakupov, who is returning after missing 23 games with an ankle injury. Iiro the Hero moves up to play with Hall and RNH.

I imagine Brad Hunt will be the odd man out on defence.

The Iceman is back in the pipes.

What Needs to Happen

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What Can’t Happen

For the love of god… if we have a third period lead we better goddamn win.

That is all.

What is Going to Happen

Just when you think you’re out, they pull you right back in. Edmonton responds with a good 60 minute effort. Yakupov with 4.

Oilers win 7-2.

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