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PREVIEW: Oilers vs. Sharks

Tuesday, 03.25.2014 / 3:47 PM

Lauren Fink -

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PREVIEW: Oilers vs. Sharks
San Jose Sharks vs. Edmonton Oilers



Oilers return to practice Monday, Laurent Brossoit recalled, Viktor Fasth injured and more.





EDMONTON, AB - 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 turned in a record-setting 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 Oilers 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 many 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.”

-- Lauren Fink,




SHARKS (46-18-9) at OILERS (25-38-9)


Last 10: San Jose 7-1-2; Edmonton 5-4-1

Season series: This is the fourth of five games between the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers. San Jose won the first two games before Edmonton responded with a 3-0 victory at Rexall Place on Jan. 29 behind a 59-save shutout by Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens.

Big story: San Jose qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a 10th consecutive season by earning a point Monday night in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames. But the Sharks know it will take victories down the stretch in order to secure the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. They enter Tuesday two points behind the St. Louis Blues for the top spot.

"It was probably an inevitability," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "There is satisfaction in clinching. That was one of the goals that we set out to do, and they've accomplished that. It would've been nice to get the two points. Obviously, we're in a heck of a race for other things, so that's a little bit disappointing, but we have to move on."

Team Scope:

Sharks: San Jose will play its second game in as many nights in Alberta after falling short in Calgary on Monday. Coupled with their 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday, the Sharks have lost back-to-back games for the first time since doing so on consecutive nights to the Oilers and Flames in late January.

Now it appears San Jose will have to try to avoid another loss without the services of forward Logan Courture, who left during the second period Monday with an apparent lower-body injury. While McLellan said it isn't serious, there's a good chance Couture won't be in the lineup Tuesday after blocking a shot from Flames defenseman Mark Giordano.

"He blocked a shot. I don't know if he will play tomorrow, but he's fine," McLellan said after the game Monday.

Oilers: In a season that has been loaded with unfortunate results, Edmonton received more bad news Monday when goaltender Viktor Fasth may have sustained a sprained neck. Fasth collided with Anton Lander during a rush and was on the ice for an extended period of time while being attended to by the Oilers' training staff.

"I didn't see it," coach Dallas Eakins told the Oilers website. "He got driven into the net off a rush and banged his head. He wasn't concussed or anything, but I guess [he] sprained his neck. He's going to go see the docs, and if we have to call someone up, we will."

The Oilers recalled goaltender Laurent Brossoit from the Oklahoma City Barons on an emergency basis Monday. He has a 3.60 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in eight American Hockey League games this season.

Who's hot: Sharks forward James Sheppard has scored in back-to-back games. … Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past two games, and center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is 1-3-4 in his past three.

Injury report: The Sharks are missing forwards Tomas Hertl (knee) and Raffi Torres (knee). Defenseman Brad Stuart returned to the lineup Monday after missing 13 games with an upper-body injury. … Besides Fasth, the Oilers are expected to be without forwards Jesse Joensuu (high ankle sprain) and Nail Yakupov (ankle). Defenseman Anton Belov (oblique) could return to the lineup.

-- Brian Compton,
2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 01 '14 EDM 4 at SJS 5 P. Marleau
Mar 25 '14 SJS 5 at EDM 2 M. Havlat
Jan 29 '14 SJS 0 at EDM 3 J. Schultz
Jan 02 '14 EDM 1 at SJS 5 P. Marleau
Nov 15 '13 SJS 3 at EDM 1 T. Hertl
J. Pavelski74373471+2530133
J. Thornton74116071+222223
P. Marleau74313364+218102
L. Couture57192847+171634
B. Burns61202141+292613
T. Wingels69152136+113507
J. Demers6842832+162410
D. Boyle6782129-62661
T. Hertl35151025+11233
M. Nieto60101424+01412
M. Vlasic7451924+323800
M. Irwin5621618+13310
J. Sheppard5941317+53100
M. Havlat419716+81012
J. Braun7441216+182011
T. Kennedy5941216-73001
A. Desjardins7321315-68401
S. Hannan523912+35300
B. Stuart533710+63103
R. Torres5325+4700
M. Brown50235-98500
B. Kearns22314+1610
J. McCarthy36112-11400
E. Hayes15101-2200
M. Pelech6101+12201
A. Burish15000-4600
F. Hamilton11000-5200
A. Niemi5836-14-713215432.32.914
A. Stalock2111-4-2345061.85.933
T. Hall66254267-153851
J. Eberle71233255-131864
D. Perron69262551-127072
R. Nugent-Hopkins71163248-162064
S. Gagner5982533-263311
J. Schultz6591928-191412
A. Hemsky5591726-132021
N. Yakupov63111324-333641
R. Smyth63101323-143851
B. Gordon6781321-111611
M. Arcobello4141418-7811
A. Ference7021517-186100
J. Petry7161016-163610
P. Larsen22268-3800
M. Hendricks68527-79101
R. Jones51246+04001
A. Belov48156-143200
J. Joensuu42325-161611
C. Potter16055+02100
L. Gazdic65224-812500
N. Schultz60044-112400
W. Acton23213-11400
M. Marincin35033+21400
T. Fedun4202-1000
M. Fraser34112-145800
L. Smid17112-61600
T. Pitlick6101-2000
A. Lander18011-3200
O. Klefbom8011-5000
B. Eager7011+1200
D. Grebeshkov7011+0200
M. Brown8000+11900
B. Hunt3000-3000
R. Horak2000-1000
R. Hamilton2000-2000
L. Omark1000-1000
B. Scrivens3413-13-4739882.38.926
D. Dubnyk3211-17-2948853.36.894
I. Bryzgalov205-8-5576223.01.908
V. Fasth94-3-2252302.87.891
J. LaBarbera71-3-0191463.28.870
R. Bachman30-2-17833.02.916