The San Jose Sharks have pulled out another one. The Sharks defeated the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 5-3. The notable player to come out of this game was Sharks forward, Mikkel Boedker, who scored his fourth career hat trick Tuesday night. The Sharks now widen the gap to 3 points over the Oilers for first place in the Pacific (tied with Anaheim).
What we learned:
The San Jose Sharks offense has exploded. It took them 40 games to get to a five-goal game this season, and that was when they defeated Detroit 6-3 last Saturday night. Now they have a second five-goal game. This offense is firing on all cylinders (even without Tomas Hertl).
Mikkel Boedker had 0 goals in 28 games before Saturday. And all of the sudden, something clickedand Boedker scored four* goals since then (notice the asterisk). He first scored off a shoulder deflection in San Jose’s win over Detroit Saturday, and scored a hat trick on Tuesday. Who knows, maybe it was something in the puck that hit his shoulder?
Tuesday marked the first game of 2017 for veteran Defensemen Marc-Edouard Vlasic after he took a slap shot to the face on Dec. 30 against the Philadelphia Flyers. His presence proved to be key for the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night. Vlasic posted the second most time on the ice for Sharks defensemen (25:44) and posted a plus-minus of +3. To top this all off, Vlasic’s main pairing had come on against Edmonton’s 19-year-old captain Connor McDavid, who posted 0 points and a plus-minus of -1 in 24:05 of ice time. There is a reason why Vlasic has been touted by many as one of the greatest “shutdown defensemen” in the NHL, and “shutting down” the NHL’s top point scorer on Tuesday has proven to us why he deserves that title.
The San Jose Sharks are on a back-to-back now. They now travel down province of Alberta to take on the Calgary Flames tonight. Should San Jose play as they did Tuesday, they should not have much of a problem facing Calgary. Don’t expect much of a change in lines by All-Star Coach Peter DeBoer, the pairings and lines have proven to worked and DeBoer seems like he’ll be sticking with this style for a while.
Sharks forward Tomas Hertl has been able to practice lately, but there’s still quite a bit of recover he needs to do before dressing up again. Coach DeBoer has publicly said that the Sharks are optimistic that Hertl will be ready to play by early February adding on that “late February would be a setback for it to be that long.”
The Sharks will take on the Calgary Flames tonight at 7:30 PM-MST at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Aberta, Canada. Television coverage will be on SportsNet Canada and Comcast SportsNet California.