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GAME PREVIEW: Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose Sharks

Oilers back in California to take on San Jose

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at San Jose Sharks John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Edmonton Oilers (13-5-3) 1st, Pacific vs.

San Jose Sharks (10-10-2) - 4th, Central

16 November 2019

SAP Center at San Jose

830 PM MST

TV: Sportsnet West

Radio: 630 CHED

SB Nation Opponent: Fear The Fin

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY

The Edmonton Oilers sure looked like they were going to cruise to a victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday. A 4-2 score at the end of two periods looked pretty good for the Oilers. Unfortunately, Blake Comeau and Tyler Seguin had other plans in the third. Goals from both Comeau and Seguin would push the game to a 4-4 score at the end of regulation, and an overtime tally from Jamie Benn shortly after would give the Stars a 5-4 win in Edmonton.

The Oilers are in San Jose tonight to forget all about that game. They look to pick up two points against a Sharks team that Edmonton has has had difficulty putting away. Can the club secure a win tonight?

Let’s go to the tape.

THE OILERS ARE SAYING

By the end there, we started chasing the puck instead of sticking to our game plan, I thought in the first two periods we played well. They’re a good team over there, it’s a lesson for us to learn

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That’s Jujhar Khaira on his club’s 5-4 loss to the Stars on Saturday afternoon.

It was a big game for Jujhar, who scored two goals (!) in defeat. Khaira now has three goals on the year.

THE SHARKS ARE SAYING

It feels awesome, but it doesn’t stop there... We’ve just got to make sure we keep this momentum going.

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That’s Sharks forward Kevin Labanc on San Jose’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday.

Labanc scored a goal and two assists en route to his club’s victory. The Sharks are winners of six straight.

HAVE SOME OF THIS

  • Adam Larsson is just about ready to rejoin the active roster. He’s a likely candidate to play when the Oilers visit Los Angeles on Thursday. Larsson has been out of service with a broken fibula for several weeks.
  • WHEN FOUR ISN’T ENOUGH: Ignore the third period collapse, and a four goal effort against the Stars doesn’t look too shabby. It looks pretty darn good when you add secondary efforts from Jujhar (x2). The Oilers cannot afford third period collapses like the one we saw on Saturday. Fortunately for the Oilers, they were able to hold onto a point in the standings.
  • It’s only been a week since these two clubs hooked up, but the win streak continues for San Jose. The Sharks just took care of Detroit, and they hung five goals on Anaheim after taking care of Edmonton exactly one week ago tonight. Can Edmonton put out the fire?
  • I’ve got Mikko Koskinen going back for the Oilers (7-1-2, .921 SV% / 2.42 GAA / 1 SO). The Sharks will likely go with Martin Jones (8-7-1, .889 SV% / 3.32 GAA).
  • SICK BAY: For the Oilers, Alex Chiasson (flu) and Brandon Manning (hand) are day-to-day. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was out yesterday for a maintenance day, but should likely be fine for tonight. For the Sharks, defenceman Dalton Prout and centre Dylan Gambrell are day-to-day.