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San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers Game Preview

The Oilers are in the playoffs. The Sharks might be a first round opponent depending on how things shake out between now and in a couple of weeks.

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San Jose


43-26-7, 93 points, 1.224 p/g Ranks 42-25-9, 91 points, 1.224 p/g
Pacific DIvision - 2nd Pacific Division - 3rd
9th Points per Game 10th
24th Special Teams 10th
18th Shots on Goal 8th
4th Goals Against per Game 7th
TV - Sportsnet West
Radio - 630 CHED
Rogers Place

The opposing view


Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Jordan Eberle
Benoit Pouliot - David Desharnais - Zack Kassian
Anton SlepyshevMark Letestu - Drake Caggiula


Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera - Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse - Matthew Benning


Cam Talbot
Laurent Brossoit

Play The Percentages

The Oilers are in the playoffs.  It is good.

The homestand rolls on tonight with the San Jose Sharks coming to town.  Depending on where the chips fall in the next five games, this could be a first round matchup.  I hope it is not.

But, playoffs.

The Oilers are saying

That's Matthew Benning on his knee.

Benning was held out of the lineup on Tuesday's Big Day, and will likely be in tonight for Eric 'The Sledgehammer' Gryba.

The opponents are saying


That's Sharks forward Chris Tierney, who had two goals in San Jose's 5-4 victory over the Rangers.

Have some of this

  • That's a fourth line I can get behind.
  • Jarome Iginla scored a goal en route to LA's 4-1 victory over the Flames. Calgary's on the outside of the playoff picture for the time being.  The Oilers, are not on the outside of the playoff picture. The Edmonton Oilers are in the playoffs.  It's completely wacky typing that still. Gonna enjoy it for the time being.
  • Cam Talbot was in between the pipes for the Oilers on Tuesday's clincher against the Kings, and he'll be there tonight against the Sharks.  (38-21-8, .920 SV% / 2.40 GAA / 7 SO).  Look for Martin Jones (33-20-6, .912 SV% / 2.37 GAA / 2 SO) as the Sharks begin their first game of a back-to-back.
  • The Oilers will be without Tyler Pitlick (knee).  The Sharks are without forwards Micheal Haley (suspended) and Logan Couture, who took a puck to the mouth.