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Oilers @ Sharks Game 28 Preview

Oilers are on a winning streak. A one game winning streak.

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

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7-15-5, 19 points, .704 p/g Ranks 14-11-4, 32 points, 1.104 p/g
Western Conference - 14th Western Conference - 9th
30th P/G 18th
23rd ST 4th
28th ES 21st
28th Goal 13th
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The opposing view: Fear The Fin

The Streak Is Over!

It took eleven winless games for the Oilers to figure out a win, but they did it in fine fashion against the San Jose Sharks on Sunday. Goals by Nail Yakupov and David Perron helped put Edmonton on top of the Sharks, while a twenty save effort by Ben Scrivens helped nail Edmonton's first win in a dozen games.  The Sharks were on the second half of a back-to-back that saw them take two points in Calgary on Saturday, but I'm not too picky at this point.  The Oilers earned a much, much needed victory. This win doesn't do a damn thing for the club in the standings, but it's got to do a wonder for their collective consciences, as carrying around a dozen game losing streak doesn't do much good for anyone involved.

So, tonight they make it two in a row.  That's the natural progression of things.  Right?

The Oilers are saying

"It's a big step in the right direction.  It's nice playing that way, like we did in Winnipeg mostly and same here.  It's nice to get the result.  It shows everyone in the room that when you do the right stuff on the ice for the most part of the 60 minutes you'll get rewarded after"

That's Oilers forward David Perron after his team got their first win in a dozen games.

With the playoffs fully in the rear view mirror, I still hope that the Oilers can peel off a few wins.  I realize that hoping for a miracle is foolish, but everyone wants to see their team win once in a while.  Yes, it's gotten to the point where I'm practically groveling.  Please win.  Please?

The Opponent is saying

    That's something.
    Have some of this
  • The Oilers won a game in the Western Conference!  WOOOOOOO
  • Nikita Nikitin has been placed on injured reserve with a wonky back.  Do we get Martin Marincin back?  (Hint: we should.)  Keith Aulie?  Oh, cool.  Right.
  • Tyler Pitlick is on the first line.  Your move, Buffalo.
  • David Perron is on a four game point streak.  (2-2-4)
  • Antti Niemi is getting the start for the Sharks tonight. (11-7-3, .915 SV%).  Look for Scrivens to increase his consecutive win streak to "two", if you know what I mean.