The Oilers are coming off a heartbreaker vs. the Penguins on Thursday. After getting a 2-0 lead in the 2nd period, the Oilers struggled to contain the Staal line. Staal assisted on all 3 goals for the Penguins, who went on to win the game 3-2. The Oilers now sit at 1-12-1 in their last 14. Their last win was vs. Toronto back on December 30th. The Olympic torch was in Rexall place on Thursday night, and Quinn helped limp it down there. It must have been hard as hell not to burn the mother(bleep)er down, the way the season is going.
As for the Sharks, they sit at the top of the heap, tied for 1st with Chicago. The Sharks lost the last one in a shootout versus the Bruins, but are 7-2-1 in their last 10. This is the 3rd meeting of the two teams this season, and second of January. The Sharks won both games. The first game was on November 27th, and was a 5-4 loss, and the second was January 2nd, a 4-1 loss.
I think given the way the Oilers last game went, they could come out with a good game, however I don’t think afternoon games are their forte these days. So, prediction time…
Heart says: 4-3 Oilers
Brain says: 6-3 Sharks
Edmonton Oilers Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
San Jose Sharks Projected Line-Up (subject to change)
- Shawn Horcoff flew to San Jose with the team, however he was too ill to practice today. I wouldn’t expect him to play tomorrow. (UPDATE BELOW)
- Gilbert Brule didn’t fly to San Jose with the team.
- Stone and Pisani are now late scratches… looks like we have another flu bug making its way through the locker room. Yikes. I guess that’s good news for anyone cheering for a high pick though. Pisani is out with the flu, however Stone is out with his knee injured, according to Louie DeBrusk
- SNET just announced that Horcoff is in. Most likely manning up because Pisani and Stone are out. Say what you will, but the guy gives his all and puts the team first.
|1ST PERIOD SCORING|
|– 3:51 – Marleu from Heatley, Thornton|
|Marleau throws it to the net from the corner and it redirects out front and through Dubnyk’s legs.|
|– 15:58 Grebeshkov from Gagner, Cogliano|
|Gagner and Cogliano work hard to battle for a puck behind the goal line with Clowe and another shark. Gagner gains possession and cross-seams it to Grebeshkov who puts it in a fairly wide open net..|
|– 18:44 – Setoguchi (PP) from Malhotra, Clowe|
|Setgochi fires it from the faceoff dot to Dubnyk’s left… it squeezes under Dubnyk’s arm.|
|2ND PERIOD SCORING|
|– 0:22 – Setoguchi from Pavelski, Malhotra|
|Dubnyk initially makes the save off Pavelski in the slot, but kicks it to the side to Setoguchi who puts it into the yawning cage.|
|– 15:36 – Thornton from Murray, Marleau|
|The Sharks get a 3-on 2… Thornton drops to Marleau who fires it over to Murray. Murray cross seam to Thornton who just redirects it in. I’m not even sure if any of them broke a sweat that shift.|
|3rd PERIOD SCORING|
|– 9:43 – O’Sullivan (SH) unassisted.|
|O’Sullivan gets in on a 2-on-1 with Horcoff, shorthanded. He elects to shoot and slides it under Greiss. Sloppy PP by the Sharks so far, as that was the second Oilers short-handed scoring chance.|
|SHOTS ON GOAL|
1ST PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
- Early on, Dubnyk is put to the test, but is pretty solid, stopping a short San Jose attack.
- Jacques, Gagner and Cogliano line’s first shift looked really good. Cogliano even showing some grit as he pushes Huskins away from a puck and passes it over to Gagner.
- Penner gets the first shift with the plugingtons (Strudwick and Stortini).
- Dubnyk lucked out on one Heatley chance. I’m not even sure where he thought the puck was, as he was way on the wrong side of the net. Looks like his defenseman bailed him out.
- Potulny bats one out of trouble that would have given the Sharks a shot at a wide open cage.
2ND PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
- Jacques gets nearly in one on one with Greiss, but Greiss comes flying out to poke the puck away from him.
- For a guy who is sick, Horcoff has been pretty reliable, defensively.
- Staios stays in with Marleau on a near breakaway. Staios and Marleau slam into each other and both go down before Marleau can get a shot off. Good defensive play by the vet.
3RD PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS
- Smid does a nice job getting in front of a Heatley one timer on the powerplay. Marleau picks up the rebound and wraps it around, but Dubnyk gets the pad over and freezes the puck.
- On the same powerplay, Grebeshkov blocks an Ortmeyer slapshot and limps to the bench. Very good kill on the first PP of the period for the Sharks.
- Moreau and O’Sullivan work together with Gagner and generate 3 solid chances, but Greiss somehow keeps the puck out. Best chances of the period for the Oilers so far. O’Sullivan tried to bank it off Greiss’ back and in, and almost manages to do it.
- Gagner is ROBBED by Greiss in the slot. The puck lies in the crease and there is a scrum to battle for the puck, but the Sharks clear it after collapsing behind Greiss.
- Cogliano gets a short-handed chance on the Sharks 2nd PP of the period, but he’s clearly out of gas and Boyle paces him and prevents a quality shot.
- Healtey gets a 2-on-1.. on the chance he appears to put it in, but it’s waved off by the referee. Must’ve hit the bar and came out. Lucky.
- Dubnyk gets pulled for the extra man with 30 seconds left.
Not a spectacular one played by the Oilers, but not that bad of a game played either. Clearly they were playing a better team though. Cogliano and Gagner looked particularly good this afternoon, as did O’Sullivan and Horcoff (who was quite good defensively). The Oilers haven’t won in 7 games, and are winless so far in 2010.
Next game, Monday, a PPV vs. Colorado @ 7:00.