Programming note: Sharks-Oilers coverage gets underway today at 6:00 PT with Sharks Pregame Live, only on Comcast SportsNet California!
Where they stand
Sharks: 12-10-6, 30 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 8th Western Conference
Oilers: 11-11-6, 28 points, 3rd Northwest Division, 12th Western Conference
Goals per game: 2.25 (29th)
Goals-against per game: 2.54 (12th)
Power play: 18.3 percent (14th)
Penalty kill: 86.9 percent (3rd)
Goals per game: 2.39 (26th)
Goals-against per game: 2.82 (20th)
Power play: 22.9 percent (6th)
Penalty kill: 83.3 percent (8th)
Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton – Brent Burns
Joe Pavelski - Logan Couture – Marty Havlat
TJ Galiardi - Scott Gomez – Tommy Wingels
James Sheppard – Adam Burish – Andrew Desjardins
Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Douglas Murray – Brad Stuart
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Jason Demers
Taylor Hall – Shawn Horcoff – Ales Hemsky
Ryan Jones – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Magnus Paajarvi – Sam Gagner – Nail Yakupov
Mike Brown – Ryan Smyth – Lennart Petrell
Ryan Whitney – Justin Schultz
Ladislav Smid – Jeff Petry
Nick Schultz – Corey Potter
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Matt Irwin. The Sharks’ rookie blueliner has three goals in the last three games, and has established himself as an every day player while other Sharks defensemen like Justin Braun and Jason Demers have struggled to remain in the lineup. He’s the first Sharks defenseman since Rob Blake in 2008 to have goals in three straight games.
Oilers: Taylor Hall. The 21-year-old forward has two goals and five assists in the last four games, and is second on the team in scoring with 26 points (6g, 20a). The first overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft continues to emerge, and has eight points in 10 career games against the Sharks.
Sharks: The Sharks dropped a 5-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday at Honda Center. San Jose trailed 4-1 in the second period, and goals from Patrick Marleau and Matt Irwin brought them close in the third period, but Francois Beauchemin put it away with an empty-net goal, his second goal of the game. Jason Demers scored in the first period, and Antti Niemi took the loss with four goals allowed on 27 shots. The Sharks fell to 4-9-2 on the road.
Oilers: Edmonton improved to 3-0-1 in its last four games with a 3-2 home win over Nashville on Sunday. Magnus Paajarvi broke a scoreless tie in the second period with a power play goal, and Lennart Petrell (shorthanded) and Jordan Eberle found the net in the third. Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves in net.
Sharks: Ryane Clowe (shoulder) is out. Thomas Greiss (neck) and Tim Kennedy (undisclosed) are on injured reserve.
Oilers: Eric Belanger (groin) is on injured reserve. Andy Sutton (knee surgery) is likely out for the year.
This is the third and final meeting between the Sharks and Oilers. San Jose scored six first period goals at Edmonton on Jan. 22 in its second game of the season, the most on the road in a single period in franchise history, in a 6-3 win. Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture each had two goals.
On Jan. 31 at HP Pavilion, the Sharks won 3-2 in a shootout to improve to 7-0-0 on the season. Couture and Joe Pavelski scored in regulation and Michal Handzus had the shootout winner.
Jordan Eberle leads the Oilers in scoring against San Jose with three assists, while Taylor Hall has two goals.
The Sharks are 40-36-12-7 all-time against the Oilers, and 13-2-3 in the last 18.
“The focus of our group has got to be on us, playing hockey, and playing our best. That’s where everybody’s head should be at, and let that other stuff just take care of itself.” – Patrick Marleau, on potential Sharks roster changes