Laurent Brossoit defending the post for Edmonton on Sunday

The Edmonton Oilers' Matthew Benning battles the Vancouver Canucks' Markus Granlund during third period NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton Saturday

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The Oilers finished the season with a solid 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at home, giving them 103 total points on the season.

The good news for the Oilers is they played well against all of these teams during the regular season. The Oilers missed the playoffs last season. There is nothing more satisfying to me than when a player comes in with sky-high, borderline unrealistic expectations-and then surpasses them.

The Canucks are 2-7 in their last 9 Sunday games, 15-36 in their last 51 road games and 7-24 in their last 31 overall.

Nate Thompson scored his first goal of the season to tie it with 8:26 to play to set the stage for Theodore's game victor for the Ducks who clinched their fifth consecutive Pacific Division crown. The Oilers also lead the Sharks in all goaltending categories except goals against average, but it's a small difference.

Unlike the power play, the Oilers and Sharks are remarkably similar when playing on the penalty kill.

The Oilers appear to be confident and firing on all cylinders as they make their preparations for the team's first post season appearance in a decade. By the numbers, the Oilers do hold a slight advantage over the Sharks. The third pair will have to play approximately 17 minutes per game.

How about a few days in San Francisco to see the Oilers take on the Sharks later in the series?

The Sharks know all about playoff hockey.

The Ducks beat the LA Kings 4-3 in shootout, Sunday, to finish third in the NHL's Western Conference. A healthy Sharks team is one to fear, especially by one who has close to no offseason tenure.

The argument for the Oilers winning the Stanley Cup is a two-player conversation. "Honestly the seats themselves don't really matter it's just going to the playoffs period, that is the big accomplishment here". Oilers G Cam Talbot finished the season with 42 wins, a franchise high. So despite all of their experience, many would argue that they still "don't know how to win". What a year. On the other hand, there are some who fear he could be in jeopardy of a burnout.

As for Eric Gryba, he's played his usual brand of steady and ferocious two-way hockey all season. For weeks, they've been out of the playoff race. Make no mistake, they do have guys who have been their before.

"When you picture the last game at the Joe - except if it would have been game seven of the Stanley Cup final - this was very nice", Zetterberg said. "It's a good team over there, they play well, move the puck well, so, hopefully they'll have a lot of success because it's a fun team to watch". Though they couldn't take home the Pacific Division title, they still proved themselves to stand out.

Newwest President is Dennis Laliberte said with the Oilers opponent only decided on Sunday night, it was a challenge to put the packages together so fast.

With Thornton and Couture, it's hard yet possible to envision the Sharks winning the power play battle over Edmonton's top-five power play. McDavid has won the Art Ross Trophy and he's a leading contender for the Hart Trophy as well.

"I suspect Crosby might win the Ted Lindsay as the Most Outstanding Player, but it's conceivable that McDavid could be voted the Most Outstanding Player and could also be judged most valuable to his team". 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. It is one game at a time. But that makes them the ideal prey for Edmonton. Minckler said people can buy up to $100 worth of tickets per transaction.

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