UFC 253 comes packed with fireworks from both inside the octagon and the betting lines as middleweight king Israel Adesanya settles his grudge with the unbeaten destroyer, Paulo Costa. Both fighters are explosive strikers and with ill will all but guaranteeing heated exchanges. Co-headlining are red-hot fighters Dominick Reyes and Jan Blachowicz facing off for the vacant light heavyweight title. Let's break down these fights and see which bets we can cash.
Edmonton Oilers vs San Jose Sharks 2017 NHL Playoff Betting Picks
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In only two seasons, the Connor McDavid show makes its playoff debut. McDavid led the league in points and has followed a coincidentally similar trend as a former first overall pick: Sidney Crosby. All eyes will be on the 20-year-old as he'll look to lead the young Oilers past a veteran San Jose Sharks team. Joe Thornton and Brent Burns are banged up but will suit up for the Sharks who will be extra motivated to win for the potentially departing Thornton and Patrick Marleau. It's a classic matchup of youth versus experience.
It took McDavid and a slew of roster moves to get Edmonton back in the playoffs. The phenom became the third-youngest NHL player to win the scoring title after dropping 100 points. Forwards Leon Draisatl and Patrick Maroon elevated their games as did 2011 draft pick, defenseman Oscar Klefbom. His partner, Adam Larsson came to the team via the controversial Taylor Hall trade and he's met expectations finishing second in team +/- (+21). The emergence of goaltender Cam Talbot has also been huge. If the Oilers have a weakness, it is their lack of playoff experience.
The Oilers have the youth advantage but the Sharks have the experience having made the postseason 10 of the last 11 seasons since acquiring former Hart trophy winner Joe Thornton. With free agency coming, "Jumbo" Joe along with fellow franchise cornerstone Patrick Marleau may have their last shot at Lord Stanley as a Shark. The Sharks are in good hands with star forwards Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski, Norris-hopeful Brent Burns, and shutdown d-man Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Goalie Martin Jones also has the big game experience to help the Sharks make another deep playoff run.
Watch Edmonton vs San Jose NHL Playoff Series
- Wednesday, April 12 at 10 p.m. – San Jose 3 Edmonton 2 (OT)
- Friday, April 14 at 10:30 p.m. – San Jose 0 Edmonton 2
- Sunday, April 16 at 10 p.m. – Edmonton 1 San Jose 0
- Tuesday, April 18 at 10 p.m. – Edmonton 0 San Jose 7
- Thursday, April 20 at 10:30 p.m. – San Jose 3 Edmonton 4 (OT)
- Saturday, April 22 at 10:30 p.m. – Edmonton at San Jose (Sportsnet)
- *Monday, April 24 at TBD – San Jose at Edmonton (TBD)
Edmonton vs San Jose Game 6 Prediction
The last time the Oilers were in the playoffs, George W. Bush was still the American President, iPhones weren't a thing, and Tobey Maguire was still Spider-Man. Coincidentally, they faced the Sharks who they eliminated in the conference semifinals as they went on to lose in the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games, a place the Sharks just came from. The Oilers have the youth, speed, and offensive advantage but the Sharks are a puck-control team with shutdown defensemen and a tested goaltender. This is the proverbial passing of the torch.
Prediction: San Jose Sharks (-140) at Sports Interaction.
It was like a reverse of the first game, which saw the Sharks come back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in overtime. This time, Edmonton overcame a 3-1 deficit to win 4-3 much thanks to the efforts of Draisatl and David Desharnais, who scored the game-winner. Despite McDavid being held scoreless again, the Oilers outshot the Sharks 48-30 showing they wanted it more.
As the series shifts back to San Jose, it'll be the Sharks who play more desperately this time and while it won't be a 7-0 drubbing, they will outhustle the Oilers and push the series to a seventh game.
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The Montreal Canadiens (-115) lost to the Rangers in overtime and will look to force a game 7 as they head back to New York. The Oilers cap off the night at 10:30 PM while the Habs start a special time at 8:00 PM. The Oilers can end the series while the Habs look to extend it as the first round comes to a thrilling conclusion.
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