MORNING SKATE REPORT: Oilers vs. Sharks
MORNING SKATE REPORT
Tonight the Edmonton Oilers play host to the San Jose Sharks for the final time this season at Rexall Place, before the teams close out the season series at the SAP Center in San Jose on April 1.
San Jose has won two out of three games against the Oilers this season, however the last time these two teams met at Rexall Place on Jan. 29, Ben Scrivens made turned in a record-stetting 59-save performance in a 3-0 shutout win for the Oilers.
The Sharks and Oilers are both coming off of losses to the Calgary Flames. The Oilers lost 8-1 on Saturday and the Sharks fell 2-1 in a shootout on Monday.
With the point earned in last night’s shootout loss, the Sharks qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 10th consecutive season. They are 7-1-2 in their last ten games. The Oilers have a 5-4-1 record over that span.
“Tonight is a big game for us to have a bounce back night,” Oilers goaltender Ben Scrivens said. “The last game is water under the bridge now. Obviously, we don’t take it lightly that we obviously didn’t play the way we wanted to but tonight’s going to be a good test to see our mentality and our fortitude in here so we are going to have to come out and be ready. It’s a very good team and they’re going to be raring to go especially after last night.”
Ben Scrivens will get the start tonight against the Sharks. With Viktor Fasth out with a possible sprained neck, the Oiler have recalled Laurent Brossoit of the Oklahoma City Barons on an emergency basis to backup.
The last time San Jose was in town, Scrivens made an NHL record 59 saves in a shutout win. 59 saves is also a franchise record for the Oilers.
“It was a fun game to play in but the game’s behind us, we have a game tonight and I’m not going to be thinking about games in the past whether they be last night or the last time they played us,” explained Scrivens.
Teammates were in awe of Scrivens that night.
“He had a pretty unbelievable performance,” Oilers defenceman Justin Schultz said. “I don’t think we did that great of a job (defensively). He’s pretty humble but, we’ve got to limit the shots for sure tonight, we don’t want to make him make that may saves again for sure.”
The Oilers are coming off of two-straight losses, against the Buffalo Sabres and Calgary Flames. The team is looking to put the past behind them and play a solid game tonight.
“As an individual you have to have the ability to get beyond what happened. I think in the bigger picture you have to be able to do that, from season to season and also in the shorter term,” Captain Andrew Ference explained.
“You hang onto negativity or you keep revisiting negative stuff you’re going to have negative results and obviously that’s not a very successful way to go about our business.”
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins agrees with Ference, adding, “You got to forget about the last game but at the same time we have to use some motivation here. We know we can get better and I thought before the last two games we were playing some good hockey and we have to get back to that.”