Prediction: The Sharks' late-season fade, plus the health status of Thornton and Couture can't be overlooked. "Only the Oilers Fan-to-Fan Resale site (NHL Ticket Exchange) can guarantee entry to Rogers Place".
The Oilers enter the playoffs with Lucic giving everyone a vivid example of how to play at this time of year on a second line thats finally performing like their credentials say they should perform.
The Sharks are the defending Western Conference champions, with savvy veterans who have been to the postseason plenty of times. "We don't really want to take our guys out of the rhythm that they're in".
"Maybe it makes us a little bit more aware of what we need to do", Pavelski said. The netminder owns a 3-1-0 record with a 1.99 goals against average and a.934 save percentage in seven games played this season.
Canucks forward Bo Horvat said they knew it was going to be a challenge with the Oilers looking to go into the playoffs on a roll. They should go into the playoffs with confidence and with expectations of having success. They finished second in the division and have home ice advantage in at least the first round. At the other end, the Oilers fired 44 shots on goal, with Richard Bachman stopping 39 of them.
Unlike the power play, the Oilers and Sharks are remarkably similar when playing on the penalty kill.
McLellan is in his second season as head coach of the Oilers, after the Sharks fired him on April 20, 2015.
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Rose birdied to match Garcia, then birdied the par-3 16th only to bogey and remain deadlocked to set up the closing drama. Rose reached 8 under with a birdie on 8 and stayed there all the way to 15 while Garcia gave shots away at 10 and 11.
The Oilers regained the lead a couple of minutes later when Eberle picked off a pass and beat Bachman up high. The Sharks, however, can derive some hope from some potential shorthanded regression for the Oilers.
Oiler fan Kristian Holowchak was one of the lucky ones securing seats to game two of the opening round to be played on Friday.
"Especially this weekend. It's Easter weekend so we're going to be leaving Saturday and Sunday over the weekend to go down to San Jose", he said.
Twitter Canada posted a blog Monday, examining the Canadian teams that made the Stanley Cup playoffs, their followers and popularity on the micro blogging site. There was a sense that the sting of losing would make the Sharks even hungrier to win, and it certainly seemed that way coming out of the gate.
"I've never seen anybody so fast with the puck doing so many things at the same time, both in terms of stick-handling and processing the game and making plays". He also clinched the Art Ross Trophy, finishing as the only player to score +90 points this season.
The argument for the Oilers winning the Stanley Cup is a two-player conversation. Similar to the Washington Capitals, they carry with them a reputation as being chokers when it matters most.
Just 2-12-2 over their last 16 games overall, the club's last victory in regulation in Vancouver came on January 20. So despite all of their experience, many would argue that they still "don't know how to win".