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NHL Sports Betting - Oilers at Sharks

NHL sports betting fans continue to believe that the Sharks are one of the most dangerous teams in the Western Conference and a top contender for the Stanley Cup.
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NHL sports betting expectations have been high for many years in San Jose but the Sharks have continued to fall short in the betting NHL post season but 2011 may prove to be different.

The San Jose Sharks will host the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night with a start time of 10:30 PM ET.  Sports Gambling will have the over under and side odds on this important Western Conference matchup so be sure and open your account today for action.

Edmonton was struggling along with a record of 13-20-1-6 with the hockey gambling odds.  The Oilers were 6-9-1-3 on the road and went over the total in 10 of their first 19 away games.  Edmonton was weak on both ends of the ice as they ranked 24th for goal scoring and 30th for goals against.

The Oilers special teams were atrocious as they ranked 27th on the power play and 30th for penalty killing.  Dustin Penner was the leading scorer with a meager 28 points.  The Oilers lost 8 of 9 games from December 21 through January 7.

San Jose had a record of 21-16-4-1 with the hockey lines and was struggling as of late with just 2 payouts in 7 games from December 27 through January 8.  The Sharks were just 10-8-2-1 at home with 11 of their 21 home games going under the total.

The Sharks ranked 14th for scoring and 15th for goals against but most experts think that this is still a team that can break out and make a strong run for the Stanley Cup.  Perhaps the Sharks have learned that the regular season doesn’t matter nearly as much as the playoffs.

San Jose has owned the Oilers as of late in this NHL sports betting series with 9 payouts in the last 10 meetings as the two teams have gone over the total in 4 of their last 5 matchups.  San Jose scored a 2-1 home payout over Edmonton on December 21 in the last meeting in this series.  Edmonton has lost 4 consecutive trips to San Jose and has paid out in just 7 of their last 20 games at the Shark Tank.