Excitement is palpable in Edmonton after one game, and though the same excitement took hold last season, this year it's different - even Tyler Dellow is optimistic. The Oilers already took a game against the undermanned predicted Northwest division winners, and have a chance to do the same against the Undermanned predicted Pacific division winners.
Sharks Report: The Sharks came out flat against the Calgary Flames before turning it on and embarrassing the Flames over the last two periods. They're still missing Brent Burns, out recovering from sports hernia surgery, so the defense doesn't have the depth in will in a few weeks. The Oilers can take advantage of that and steal two more points from a playoff team.
At some point this evening, Eric Belanger will play his 13,000th minute in the NHL when he plays his third minute of the game.
After Nick Schultz plays his 9th minute, he will surpass 15,000 minutes played in the NHL.
No team brings out the rage in Ales Hemsky like the San Jose Sharks. Hemsky averages 1.22 penalty minutes per game against the Sharks - they're the only Western Conference team to draw more than one penalty minute per game from Ales Hulk.
The Oilers were 2-2 against the Sharks last season, but were outscored 9-7. Both of Edmonton's wins came via shootout, one at home, one on the road.
Patrick Marleau eats the Oilers for lunch. Marleau has scored 28 career goals against the Oilers in 55 regular season games - his best scoring rate against any Western Conference team. His 19.2% shooting percentage against the Oilers is his best shooting rate against any Western Conference team.
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