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San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers Game Two Preview

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A team loaded with veteran forwards matches up against the young Oilers

Pick your poison against the Sharks
Pick your poison against the Sharks
Greg Fiume

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Sharks (
2-0-0, second place) @ Oilers (1-0-0, second place)
8 p.m. MST
| TSN
Rexall Place

Tickets
The opposing view:
Fear The Fin, Battle of California

Top Story: The Oilers aren't terrible anymore, but they're still flawed. The Sharks are once again loaded, but they're dinged up. Can the Oilers steal two more points from another predicted playoff team?

The Oilers are saying:

"He’s got a great shot and always finds a way to get it through, and for a defenseman, that’s rare"

--Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, on Justin Schultz

The Opponent is saying:

"It's one game. You've got to string a bunch together and stick with it. It was just great to be back on the ice."

--Patrick Marleau

We caught a glimpse of the aggressive new penalty kill, which looked pretty good up until the point Douglas Murray got involved. I love Murray, but on the list of adjectives you would use to describe him, "mobile" is very very low (a few hundred spots beneath "stalwart," "mighty," "hale," and "pertinacious"). I'm optimistic about how the penalty kill will look once Jason Demers and Brent Burns are healthy (and Scott Gomez would look pretty sweet in a forward role!) but as long as Murray is seeing time on the PK the Sharks are going to have a problem.

--Megaladon, Battle of California

Key matchup: Ralph Kreuger will have to decide if he wants Jeff Petry and Ladislav Smid out against Joe Thornton or Logan Couture. Pick your poison and hope that the Schultzes break even against the other line.


Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Shawn Horcoff other-excused 01/19/2013

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Nikolai Khabibulin groin 01/18/2013
Andy Sutton
knee 01/18/2013
Theo Peckham
hip 01/18/2013
Ryan Jones
eye 01/18/2013


San Jose Sharks Injuries

Questionable

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brent Burns sports-hernia 01/14/2013

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jason Demers wrist 01/07/2013
Justin Braun hand 01/07/2013