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Game Day 55: Sharks at OilersMy long standing dream of a Canadian Division in the National Hockey League seems unlikely to ever come to fruition, but every so often it nice to pretend. Or not so nice, depending on which Canadian club one happens to root for.
Many years ago, the National Hockey League had a Canadian Division. It started in 1926 when the league expanded from seven to ten teams and remained in effect until the Montreal Maroons disbanded in 1938. Truth be told, though, it never fully lived up to its name. That 1926 expansion saw the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, and Detroit Cougars now Red Wings join the league, just two years after Boston Bruins became the first American based franchise. By then six of the ten teams resided stateside, meaning the New York Americans (of all names) had to cross the border to level the divisions. American franchises have been in the majority ever since by a ratio of anywhere between 2:1 and 5:1. With further expansion in the 1960s and later, the league further split into four or even six divisions at times, and the possibility existed of an all Canadian group.
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Today the math nearly works for a true Canadian group, as 7 of the 31 NHL teams are Canadian and the league is split into four divisions, one of which has 7 teams. But the decision has long since been made on practical grounds to divide the league vertically by longitude rather than horizontally. Time zones are a thing, after all, so my wish for an all Canadian group is akin to wishing the planet rotated not west to hbags hermes replica east, but north to south. Ain gonna happen.
But Hockey Day in Canada is one occasion where we can at least pretend. All seven Canadian clubs will be in action today, six of them in single anthem games, the seventh being your Edmonton Oilers who host those San Jose Sharks at the unusual start time of 17:00 MST. All four of those games are televised nationally, giving fans across the country the chance to compare and contrast the clubs in action.
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Overall check here it a rosy picture. As a group, well clear of the league medians of.555 points percentage (don ask) and the more mathematically reliable dead even goal differential. Four of the seven solidly in playoff position, indeed in the top quartile of the league. Three hbags of the top four in Goal Differential. Of the rest, one tied for the last playoff spot, one hanging around the periphery, and only Ottawa in a bad state last overall, draft pick already traded, two top players heading to unrestricted free agency.
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Team performanceThe uptick in individual scoring is reflected in the Goals For column, where the Oilers jumped by a dozen goals from 71 in the first third of the season to 83 in the middle third. Alas they given that all back plus one, with Goals Against crashing from 83 to 96. Their record dropped by three points, from 13 12 2=28 to 11 13 3=25, this despite the Oilers recording all three of their shootout wins to date in the second cluster.
As for process, the club has seen its shot totals collapse on both sides of the clock, with an overall Shots For Percentage of just 44.6% in the second period compared to 51.2% in the first. Kevin Gravel draws in to the third pairing, leaving the Oilers with just one righty in the line up. Kyle Brodziak draws back in to the starting twelve up front, while Colby Cave will take a seat in the press box.
Cam Talbot gets the nod in goal, perhaps a little surprising in that the Sharks lit up the Oil for 7 goals in each of the two prior games, both started (one finished) by Talbot. This after Koskinen backstopped the Oilers to an overtime win in the Shark Tank in Ken Hitchcock Oilers debut. Talbot splits vs. San Jose (0 2 0, 7.51, .807) are scary bad, that said the netminder is coming off a strong outing in Minny and will surely be motivated to give the Sharks his very best game after those two fiascoes.
The last time the two teams met in Edmonton was six weeks ago on Dec. 29, with the Sharks embarrassing their hosts 7 4 prompting trades for defenders Alexander Petrovic and Brandon Manning the following day. Expect a better showing than that tonight, but the Oilers will be very hard pressed to keep up with San Jose, who come to town on a four game winning streak and a 13 4 0 run since Christmas.