While many Bay Area football fans recover from the stunning events from Sunday’s NFC Championship Game, the Bay’s other championship contender, the San Jose Sharks will take on the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. San Jose coming off a tough 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The game featured All-Star Logan Couture who had two goals and an amazing kick save in the third period. Edmonton is recovering from a frustrating 6-2 loss against the arch rival Calgary Flames. The Oilers have lost four out of their last five games and quickly went from battling the Minnesota Wild for first place in the Northwest Division back in late October, to struggling to stay out of the Western Conference cellar.
What the Oilers possess is exceptional young talent. Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and the currently injured Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, have speed and skill that will make Edmonton a contender in a few years. Unfortunately, the injury bug has dampened their spirits of chasing a playoff berth this season. As for the Sharks, they still have some injuries and likely any roster changes will happen after the All-Star break. Which means no Ryane Clowe, no Tommy Wingels, no James Sheppard (wait, who?) until after the weekend.
KEYS TO THE GAME
> Top line needs to jumpstart themselves.
> Net front presence needs to exist. Bug the heck out of Khabibulin and or Dubnyk.
> Don’t let up. If you have a lead, make it bigger. Continue to skate, don’t stand around.
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