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Preview: Game 45 Oilers @ Sharks

Oilers finish quick 2 game road trip with visit to San Jose

Zack Kassian likely to make his Oiler debut tonight versus San Jose
Zack Kassian likely to make his Oiler debut tonight versus San Jose
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San Jose
17-23-4, 38 points, .863 p/g Ranks 21-18-2, 43 points, 1.049 p/g
Pacific Division - 7th Pacific Division - 3rd
29th P/G 17th
23rd ST 12th
19th S/G 13th
26th Goal 23rd
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The opposing view: Fear The Fin

When A Two Goal Lead Isn't Enough

The Oilers led by two goals on two separate occasions on Tuesday night against the Arizona Coyotes.  Somehow, they found a way to get this game sent to overtime, and because you're here, you know how that ended.  Leon Draisaitl got the party started late in the first period when he scored his tenth of the season.  Justin Schultz made it 2-0 Oilers six minutes into the second period when he received a feed from Draisaitl and Eberle on the power play.

The Oilers don't score power play goals!  Justin Schultz is scoring power play goals?  What's happening?  Is this really going to happen?  Two points?

Yeah, no.  Max Domi scored the first of his three goals with just over seven minutes remaining in the second (obnoxious coyote howl).  Benoit Pouliot would score Edmonton's second power play goal of the game early on in the third to make it 3-1 Oilers, but Max Domi would continue to crush his goal scoring drought with two power play goals within three minutes (obnoxious coyote howl) (obnoxious coyote howl) to make it 3-all.

The two teams would go to overtime.  Taylor Hall would take a high-sticking penalty with thirty seconds remaining. Oliver Ekman-Larsson would do this with nine seconds remaining in overtime, (obnoxious coyote howl) and the Oilers turn a game that they really could've used to help get out of the Western Conference basement into half of that. They could've gotten blown out, I suppose.

(obnoxious coyote howl)

(obnoxious coyote howl)

(obnoxious coyote howl)

Edmonton travels to San Jose to take on a Sharks team who thumped the Jets in Winnipeg on Tuesday.  Let's see how this plays out.

The Oilers are saying

"I think the first time coming back is always a little bit different, it feels a little different...But we've got work to do. We're going to play against a team that's on fire right now; they're playing really well.  Like most nights, we'll have our work cut out for us."


That's Oilers coach Todd McLellan on coming back as a visitor to the Shark Tank in San Jose.

Like McLellan says, the Oilers will have their work cut out for them.  Sharks are winners of their last three, Joe Thornton has scored in every game save for one dating back a month (4-10-14), Brent Burns has fared even better (8-8-16) over that same time period.  Pack a lunch.

The opponents are saying

"We know Raffi can be a very effective player for our team, and this assignment will allow him to get back into game shape."  Source
That's Sharks coach Pete DeBoeur on forward Raffi Torres.  Torres was suspended for an illegal hit to Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg during a preseason game in early October.

Have some of this
  • Klinkhammer will make it to Bakersfield.  He's got one goal in thirteen games this season, one that's been fraught with injuries so far.
  • Nail Yakupov is expected to play in tonight's game.  The Oilers will have to make one more roster move between now and then.  My guess is that Brad Hunt gets sent to the AHL, but Iiro Pakarinen could also be shipped.
  • This is Matt Hendricks' second of three games he'll be sitting out for a boarding call to Aaron Ekblad on Sunday.
  • The Oilers will likely start Cam Talbot (7-13-1, .908 SV% / 2.75 GAA / 1 SO) as Anders Nilsson was in net for Edmonton in Tuesday's OTL versus Arizona.  The Sharks will likely counter with Martin Jones (18-13-2, .912 SV% / 2.47 GAA / 4 SO).
  • PACIFIC WATCH / SHOOTING FOR SIXTH:  The Oilers trail San Jose by six points for third place in the Pacific Division.  San Jose's got a few games in hand, but Edmonton could at least make it somewhat interesting for everyone involved (that's a stretch) with a victory tonight.  It would also give them 3 of 4 points on a short road trip, which is also a nice touch. The Predators hold the second wild card spot with 45 points. I'll get back to you if the Oilers are within breathing distance of either.
  • Connor McDavid (clavicle), Andrew Ference (undisclosed), Matt Hendricks (suspension)  and Oscar Klefbom (hand), are out for the Oilers.  For the Sharks, Dainus Zubrus (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve and will be unavailable.