Edmonton Oilers are the worst NHL team in this season. Looking at that we might say that Sharks already can take points from tonight's match. But it's not as easy as it looks. Oilers won in the previous game, 3:2 against Colorado, and in this season they linked two victories only once. It happened in the first two round, when Edmonton won at home, against Calgary (4:0) and Florida (3:2). After that they made only four wins, but discontinuous, with 15 defeats. At home, they had 3 victories and six defeats. They scored 30 goals, an average of 3.33 goals per game, As for a bet on this match, in the first moment my idea was Away team Over 2.5 goals. However, I gave up of that when I saw that Edmonton's goaltender, Khabibulin, will not play tonight. His performance in this season is very poor - 56 allowed goals on 15 matches (GAA 4.07, Sv% .879. He was on Oilers' goal in defeat against San Jose Sharks, one month ago (Khabibulin GAA 6.00, Sv% .824). On the same match, Niittymaki played for San Jose Sharks, and his performance was great - GAA 1.00, Sv% .955). He will be on the goal tonight, too.
Except of the first two and in the last match at home, on the other six matches allowed more than 2 goals. They had an average of 25.5 shots on the goal, but they allowed even an average of 35.6 shots on the goal, exactly that Sharks have an average of shots. So, we will see a lot of shots tonight.
Martin Gerber will be on Oilers' goal tonight. He played yesterday against Colorado (3:2) and had even 35 saves (Sv% .946). But, he allowed early goal on that match (in the 5th minute), while his team scored twice before that. Anyway, Oilers usually scored or allowed goals in the first half of the first period, and San Jose. There were not goals on the last two matches, what is too much for them. Sometimes, goals are scored at the first minute of the match of Sharks. That one was the match in Edmonton between them, one month ago. Oilers scored the first goal in the first minute, but it was their only goal on that match.
Tonight, Sharks are without injured Scot Nichol and Devin Setoguchi, both with a smaller effect, and young defender Jason Demers. Oilers are without forward Ales Hemsky and goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.
Since the Sharks very offensive team, shots a lot to opponent's goal, that Oilers are very weak in defensive, but they are host and have an obligation to win, I expect here an early goal.
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