Sharks to face Oilers in first round of playoffs

Starting first of back-to-back games against Oilers

Are they in a prime position to unseat the defending Western Conference champions? Eberle isn't anxious about it.

The Edmonton Oilers close out their regular season Sunday night against the Vancouver Canucks with a chance to set a new team record for consecutive wins on home ice.

Eberle is especially looking forward to the tournament. He's in his seventh National Hockey League season, all with Edmonton, and has yet to play for the big prize. Unlike in years past, these Oilers will not pushed around, a big factor for their regular season success.

The stats favor the Oilers when the series begins Wednesday in Edmonton.

Edmonton finished second in the Pacific Division with 103 points. The Sharks beat the Oilers 5-3 on January 10 in addition to earning a 3-2 overtime victory December 23. He has just two career games of experience in the playoffs, though, coming on in relief for Henrik Lundqvist twice in 2014 with the Rangers. Lucic has 101 playoff games under his belt, including two trips to the Stanley Cup final with the Boston Bruins.

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

As for the guys who don't - depending on the lineup, there could be as many as nine players who've never skated in a post-season game - they will have to learn on the fly. Milan Lucic is a Stanley Cup champion. "I've been a part of teams that have gone to the final and the next year once you get to that 50-, 60-, 70-game mark you can't wait for the playoffs to start again".

"You know they're confident". Anaheim won the game 4-3 in overtime.

The most important advantage that the Sharks have over the Oilers is playoff experience.

"Our coaches probably know that team better than anybody in the league, so it will help", Eberle said. "We don't really want to take our guys out of the rhythm that they're in". Similar to the Washington Capitals, they carry with them a reputation as being chokers when it matters most. Couture says he is still in pain and the injury has not fully healed.

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Couture has been skating but is still in pain after being drilled in the face by a redirected Brent Burns slap shot March 25.

Couture is a critical piece as he would be tasked with shadowing and shutting down McDavid, the NHL's fleet-footed scoring champion.

Vancouver Canucks Nikita Tryamkin (88), center, watches as crew clean up hats after Edmonton Oilers' Jordan Eberle (14) scored a hat trick during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, April 9, 2017.

Tied 1-1 in the third period, Edmonton connected after Vancouver's Reid Boucher took a double minor for high-sticking when Letestu redirected a pass from Connor McDavid past Miller for his 16th goal of the season at 3:04. Martin Jones has been reliable in both regular seasons, but when he went to the playoffs past year, he established just how dominant he could be.

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