Injuries, experience key as Oilers face Sharks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks are hobbling into the playoffs instead of rolling into them.

The Edmonton Oilers are legitimate. It happened and its a happening.

Hockey fans are excited for the post season on Twitter.

"We have enough experience in this locker room to handle the playoffs", he said.

"But as I said, sometimes you don't have to over-think things and when a 19-year-old gets 30 goals and 100 points and plays the way that this kid played and meant as much as he did". They know they can beat the Sharks.

Yes, it happened before it was supposed to happen.

The Edmonton Oilers return to the National Hockey League playoffs Wednesday against the Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks in a series expected to turn on experience - and injuries.

If Draisaitl had only registered one point on Sunday his season average would've been.926 points per game and Eichel would sit in the No. 10 spot and he'd be $2 million richer. Your correspondent was probably the high guy predicting 99 points in the standings for the team and 97 points in the scoring race for No. 97. "Only the Oilers Fan-to-Fan Resale site (NHL Ticket Exchange) can guarantee entry to Rogers Place".

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Just 2-12-2 over their last 16 games overall, the club's last victory in regulation in Vancouver came on January 20.

Mark Letestu lost a tooth - and then helped the Edmonton Oilers gain two more points. That tells you (and more importantly, them) that they can expect to go deep into the playoffs.

But coach Pete DeBoer continues to insist that his top two centers are day-to-day and a decision about their statuses for Game 1 will be reached at game time.

The Edmonton Oilers already secured home ice for the first round of the postseason but have an opportunity to do so throughout the Pacific Division playoffs when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday.

"It's not weighing on my mind", McDavid said when asked if getting to 100 points mattered to him.

The Oilers enter the playoffs with Lucic giving everyone a vivid example of how to play at this time of year on a second line thats finally performing like their credentials say they should perform.

McDavid finished the season with a League-leading 100 points (and 70 assists) in 82 games, besting Crosby (44-45-89 in 75 GP) and Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (34-55-89 in 82 GP) for his first career Art Ross Trophy. He ended up the season with a hat trick to go with the one put together by Lucic in a five-goal, six-point, four-game point streak of his own. He was set up beautifully by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for the easy tip in.

The young defence continues to grow and grow. "It hasn't been a simple year as far as the summer, the World Cup, the schedule, so they kind of urged that right (taking Saturday off) and I said, okay, let's do it", Pavelski said. Nowhere is it written that you cant experience success while you are gaining experience.