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Dave Cokin
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Take: SHARKS +130

Like most folks who follow the NHL, I’m impressed with the upwardly mobile advances made this season by the Edmonton Oilers. It’s hard not to envision this franchise being a serious contender in coming years with the presence of the amazing Connor McDavid and an improving supporting cast.

But I also felt that the Oilers might have a tough time getting out of the first round in this season’s playoffs. I think Edmonton is just as talented as San Jose. But the vast advantage in post-season experience is all Sharks, and I thought that really showed in Game One.

The Oilers looked great early and took command by scoring the first two goals. But from that point on, this game was a total blowout, as San Jose dominated every aspect of the game. So it was no surprise when the Sharks forced the overtime and then skated away with the 3-2 victory.

The pressure tonight is all on the team that simply hasn’t been here before. Making matters worse for the Oilers is the fact that most of these San Jose players have been through this grind before. I don’t see much chance the Sharks will simply be satisfied with winning the opener and wresting home ice advantage from the Oilers.

Edmonton is certainly capable of rebounding and winning not only Game Two, but the series as well. But the Oilers will have to prove to me they can handle what is now an enormous amount of pressure in what has to be perceived as a must-win game. Under those conditions, I have to side with San Jose as a well priced underdog this evening.


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