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Oilers vs. Sharks Game Day Centre

Thursday, 04.10.2007 / 5:12 PM / Boston Pizza Game Preview
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Oilers vs. Sharks Game Day Centre
SAN JOSE SHARKS (0-0-0) at EDMONTON OILERS (0-0-0)

Start Time: 7:08 p.m. MDT
Television: Rogers Sportsnet West
Radio: 630 CHED, Oilers Radio Network and online at edmontonoilers.com.

Just The Facts...

TONIGHT'S GAME PROGRAM
  • Tonight's game insert
  • Entire magazine segment
  • NOTE TO FANS ATTENDING TONIGHT'S GAME: Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:45 p.m. for pre-game festivities. Bandanas will be given out to all 16,839 fans in attendance.

    OILERS TO WATCH:
    A pair of Oilers will be making their NHL debuts tonight. Andrew Cogliano led the team in pre-season scoring with four goals and seven points in five games to earn a spot on the team. He also led the team in shots on goal with 16… 2007 first round draft choice Sam Gagner has had a whirlwind past few months. After being selected sixth overall by Edmonton, he was named MVP of the Super Series with 15 points in the eight-game series. He followed that up with a solid training camp that saw him land a spot on the team’s 23-man roster… Shawn Horcoff quietly had a great pre-season. In four games, he had three goals and six points – leading the Oilers in both categories.

    SHARKS TO WATCH: San Jose's rookie will have to wait another day to make his NHL debut.  20-year-old right winger Devin Setoguchi had an impressive pre-season with five goals and seven points in seven games. He fired 27 shots on goal, averaging almost four shots a game but will not play tonight due to an ankle injury. Taking his place in the lineup is Jeremy Roenick, who makes his Sharks debut… In a change from last season, the Sharks will start this year with its three top players on the same line: Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Jonathan Cheechoo… Centre Joe Pavelski had an impressive finish to 2006-07 with 14 goals and 28 points in 42 games and picked up right where he left off in September by leading the Sharks in pre-season scoring with nine points in six games.

    ROSTER UPDATES: Edmonton – Ethan Moreau (ankle) will be a gametime decision. If he plays, he will replace Geoff Sanderson in the lineup. Mathieu Roy (concussion) is out; San Jose – Devin Setoguchi (ankle) is out. Tomas Plihal (shoulder) is out. Alexei Semenov (back) is out. Brad Norton (back) is out.

    FAST FACTS: Since joining the NHL in 1979-80, the Oilers have compiled a record of 14-9-4 (.593) in season-opening games. The Oilers are 12-5-3 (.675) when their season opener is at home and 2-4-1 (.357) when the season opener takes place on the road… Heading into tonight’s game, the Oilers are unbeaten in their last seven home openers and last four season openers. Last season, the club opened with a 3-1 win over Calgary at Rexall Place. Overall, Edmonton is 15-7-5 (.648) in home openers through 26 seasons The Oilers have opened their season against San Jose three times and have won on each occasion. Most recently, the Oilers defeated San Jose 5-2 on October 9, 2003 in Edmonton.

    In-Depth


    NHL Debut for Oilers Rookies - Andrew Cogliano and Sam Gagner will be making their NHL debut tonight against the San Jose Sharks on the same line. Both players took the time to answer some of our questions before the game. ...more

    The Answers

    Pre-Game Podcast
    vs. San Jose

    Comments from Penner, Hemsky, Gagner, Cogliano, Jacques and MacTavish.
    Pre-Game Video
    Comments from Souray, Stoll, Gagner and MacTavish prior to tonight's game vs. San Jose.

    The Numbers From the Fans The Other Side

    Sharks Video Preview - San Jose TV and radio personalities Randy Hahn and Jamie Baker preview the 2007-08 season opener against the Oilers tonight in Edmonton. View Video

    Big Road Test - The Sharks may not open the season on the road for nine consecutive contests like the New Jersey Devils, but they will be tested on their upcoming four-game trip that begins tonight in Edmonton. ...more

    Odds and Ends

    Oilers Photo Blog - With a new season comes a new edition of Morley Scott's Edmonton Oilers Photo Blog brought to you by Bell. In this edition, Morley visits Oilers Rookie Camp in Yellowknife as well as pre-season stops in Calgary and Phoenix. ...more

    Kevin Lowe on 630 CHED
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    Dan Tencer of 630 CHED interviewed Oilers GM Kevin Lowe prior to the start of the regular season. Listen

    Oilers October Wallpapers - Always know when the Oilers are playing. Download your October wallpaper today. More Oilers wallpapers will be coming soon. ...view wallpapers.
    TWITTER PRE-GAME UPDATES