San Jose Sharks penultimate game of the year sees them visit the Edmonton Oilers

Dec 28, 2023; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Justin Bailey (90) shoots the
Dec 28, 2023; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Justin Bailey (90) shoots the / Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

It's the penultimate game of the season for the San Jose Sharks, and with last place in the standings already mathematically secured, the organization has opted to go down the path of youth for the final few games. It starts tonight when the Sharks make the long trip to Edmonton, Alberta, where the Oilers will await. Earlier in the year, the Sharks beat the Oilers and got Jay Woodcroft fired, but that was long ago.

With the team in teal looking towards the future, we'll see if the bright Lund line can continue to produce at the rate it has been going into this game as the Sharks look to get the best from their youngsters—players like William Eklund, Fabian Zetterlund, and that crop of younger players. San Jose needs them to develop to create a brighter future for the organization. If the Sharks can do that, we can all enjoy more wins next year.

Projected Lineups

San Jose Sharks

William Eklund - Mikael Granlund - Fabian Zetterlund
Klim Kostin - Luke Kunin - Collin Graf
Thomas Bordeleau - Jack Studnicka - Justin Bailey
Kevin Labanc - Nico Sturm - Ryan Carpenter
Mario Ferraro - Jan Rutta
Henry Thrun - Kyle Burroughs
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Calen Addison
Mackenzie Blackwood
Devin Cooley

Edmonton Oilers

Adam Henrique - Connor McDavid - Zach Hyman
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Leon Draisaitl - Warren Foegele
Dylan Holloway - Ryan McLeod - Corey Perry
Mattias Janmark - Sam Carrick - Connor Brown
Darnell Nurse - Cody Ceci
Mattias Ekholm - Evan Bouchard
Brett Kulak - Vincent Desharnais
Stuart Skinner
Calvin Pickard

Puck Drop

Tonight's 7 p.m. puck drop will see the Sharks look for a few silver linings before we end this awful season. We know that the Sharks are taking on a playoff team that is expected to blow them out of the water and will probably oblige, but a few more points tonight could be a great way to lift the morale of the squad before a long summer. Prospects in college may join this roster next year, so it's a great place to start winning and encourage them to sign.