The San Jose Sharks will battle the Edmonton Oilers for the fifth and final match this season. The Sharks have won three out of four games thus far, and hope to make it 5-1 in tonight’s game. The only loss was that incredible game on January 29th where Ben Scrivens set an NHL record for saves in a shutout with 59.
This is the first of a three game home stretch for the Sharks after a 2-3-2 record over the past seven games. With the Pacific Division title looming over their heads, the Sharks need to rally and make some huge wins this week. Currently the Anaheim Ducks are three points ahead and have a game in hand. Anything can happen but the Sharks must start bringing home two points each game to make it possible.
The Oilers are coming off of a brutal 5-0 loss against the New York Rangers on Sunday.
Tale of the tape
- Goals for per game: 2.92 (7th)
- Goals against per game: 2.33 (4th)
- Shots per game: 35.0 (1st)
- Shots against per game: 27.7 (6th)
- Penalty minutes: 690 (5th)
- Power play percentage: 17.4% (19th)
- Penalty kill percentage: 84.3% (7th)
- Goals for per game: 2.41 (25th)
- Goals against per game: 3.28 (30th)
- Shots per game: 27.1 (27th)
- Shots against per game: 32.7 (27th)
- Penalty minutes: 871 (21st)
- Power play percentage: 16.2% (23rd)
- Penalty kill percentage: 82.0% (15th)
Sharks: Joe Pavelski (38 G, 35 A), Joe Thornton (11 G, 61 A), Patrick Marleau (31 G, 34 A)
Oilers: Taylor Hall (25 G, 43 A), Jordan Eberle (24 G, 32 A), David Perron (26 G, 28 A)
Sharks: Raffi Torres: still out of play with soreness; Jason Demers: day-to-day with the flu; Adam Burish: out; Tomas Hertl: out.
Oilers: Andrew Ference: out ; Luke Gazdic: out; Nail Yakupov: day-to-day; Jesse Joensuu: out; Ryan Jones: out.
SAN JOSE (47-20-9)
Pavelski – Thornton – Burns
Marleau – Couture – Nieto
Sheppard – Wingels – Havlat
Brown – Desjardins – Kennedy
Vlasic – Braun
Irwin – Boyle
Stuart – Hannan
Taylor Hall – Sam Gagner – David Perron
Anton Lander – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Matt Hendricks – Boyd Gordon – Tyler Pitlick
Will Acton – Ryan Smyth – Mark Fraser
Oscar Klefbom – Justin Schultz
Philip Larsen – Jeff Petry
Martin Marincin – Anton Belov
Opening Face-off: 7:30pm PST
Location: SAP Center, San Jose, CA