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San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers Preview

The slumping Sharks roll into Rexall



12-10-6, 1.07 p/g
11-11-6 1.0 p/g
Western Conf: 8th
Western Conf: T-10th

7:30 p.m. MST | TSN
Rexall Place

Top Story: The Oilers have vaulted into a tie for 10th in points earned per game thanks to some luck and the return of Shawn Horcoff. Edmonton is 4-6 in their last 10 games, but 3-1 since Horcoff came back. The Sharks, meanwhile, can't buy a win. They're 3-7 in their last 10, lost two straight, they've got a negative goal differential and have become a two-man team. Stop Thornton, stop Couture and the Sharks struggle. Ryane Clowe has become a huge liability for the Sharks.

The Oilers are saying:

The Opponent is saying:

"Do you remember...when Ryane Clowe could play the puck from the bench better than he currently is on the ice?"

--Fear The Fin on Clowe

Key matchup:

"Two notes worth mentioning. First, Todd McLellan started the game with Thornton on the ice and Krueger came out with the Horcoff line. My thought was "Oh, Krueger’s going to run the same matchup that Renney did." Thornton’s line left the ice at 0:37. They came back out at the 1:32 mark though and Krueger didn’t bother trying to maintain the Horcoff matchup. McLellan next threw the Thornton line onto the ice at ES at the 7:03 mark of the first, as Horcoff’s line was at the end of a shift."

--Tyler Dellow, on Ralph Krueger's unwillingness to match lines.

Edmonton Oilers Injuries

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Andy Sutton knee 01/16/2013
Eric Belanger groin 03/09/2013

San Jose Sharks Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Ryane Clowe shoulder 03/19/2013

Out (IR / Out / Suspended / Physically unvailable)

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Thomas Greiss neck 03/07/2013
Tim Kennedy undisclosed 03/11/2013