GAME DAY: Fast start, shootout finish earns Oilers 3-2 win over Sharks
OILERS 3 - SHARKS 2 (SO)Jordan Eberle scored 10 seconds into the game and Sam Gagner netted the shootout winner as the Edmonton Oilers won 3-2 over the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion on Tuesday night.
Ryan Smyth scored the other Oilers goal while Jim Vandermeer and Ryane Clowe tallied for San Jose.
AT THE TEAM HOTELSan Jose, CA - After playing in Anaheim last night, the Edmonton Oilers have little time to rest as they face off against the struggling San Jose Sharks tonight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.
The team didn't get into the hotel until very late last night, having to fly out of Ontario, California and fly into Oakland due to respective airport curfews in Orange County and San Jose.
Devan Dubnyk gets the start in goal tonight as the team's lineup is expected to look somewhat different from the night before.
Other additions will likely include Linus Omark and Theo Peckham, while Coach Renney wasn't tipping his hand as to who might draw out -- noting that his lineup is banged up quite a bit right now.
"I anticipate (Omark) will play," said Renney. "I've got some issues I've got to deal with, with some bumps and bruises. I might not know anything, quite honestly, until after the skate."
Some of the players who look to be banged up include Ales Hemsky, who took a spill last night. Eric Belanger also limped off several times due to a blocked shot off his skate early in the game.
"He's an issue," Renney said of Hemsky. "I've got four guys for sure I've got to check on."
Regardless of who draws in or out, Renney said he'd like to get Theo Peckham some action tonight.
"I'd like to get him in anyway," Renney said. "It is contingent a little bit on these other guys."
Peckham hasn't played in over a month, out initially due to injury and now just waiting for an opportunity with the defence healthy.
"He'll get another warm-up in and I'm going to deliver on that promise sooner or later," Renney chuckled.
Called up yesterday morning where he joined the team in Anaheim, Linus Omark did not suit up last night.
The game would have been Omark's fourth in four nights -- and tonight potentially his fifth in five -- so Renney opted to have him rest.
However, Omark will play tonight and is looking forward to the challenge.
"I just need to go out there and play my game, keep doing what I'm good at," said Omark, noting that not playing last night was probably the best thing for him.
"My legs were pretty heavy (yesterday). I was on the ice this morning and I felt pretty good so I'm looking forward to it."
Omark pointed out that his bothersome ankle is no longer impeding him on the ice.
"I feel 100% now. I'm getting better every game that I play. I'm excited."
-- Marc Ciampa, edmontonoilers.com