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Projected lineups for Sharks, Oilers

Monday, 03.12.2012 / 2:05 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / At the Rink blog

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Projected lineups for Sharks, Oilers
With just two wins in their last 13 games (2-8-3), the San Jose Sharks enter Monday's game in Edmonton (9:30 p.m. ET, TSN) 11th in the Western  Conference, but they're just one point behind eighth-place Calgary, and three behind seventh-place Phoenix.

The Oilers are out of the playoff hunt, but they're relishing their role as potential playoff spoiler.

"You play for pride, for sure," Oilers forward Jordan Eberle told CSNBayArea.com. "I think everyone in here is competitive and they’re going to go out here and give their best. I think when it comes down to it you have to find things that motivate you, and personally it's fun to be the spoiler, to try and upset teams and upset what they're trying to do."

Here are the projected lineups the Sharks and Oilers could put on the ice when the teams meet Monday at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

SHARKS
Logan Couture - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Ryane Clowe - Patrick Marleau - Daniel Winnik
Tommy Wingels - Dominic Moore - Torrey Mitchell
T.J. Galiardi - Andrew Desjardins - Benn Ferriero

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Dan Boyle
Douglas Murray - Brent Burns
Colin White - Jason Demers

Antti Niemi likely will start in goal, with Thomas Greiss the backup.

OILERS
Taylor Hall - Sam Gagner - Jordan Eberle
Ryan Smythe - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Ales Hemsky
Ben Eager - Shawn Horcoff - Ryan Jones
Lennart Petrell - Eric Belanger - Linus Omark

Ladislav Smid - Jeff Petry
Ryan Whitney - Nick Schultz
Theo Peckham - Corey Potter

Devan Dubnyk will start in goal, with Nikolai Khabibulin the backup. Dubnyk's last start was March 6, when he stopped 28 of 30 shots in a 3-2 shootout win against the Sharks.
Quote of the Day

You don't see many. The [Drew] Doughtys, the [P.K.] Subbans, those are guys that create offense from the back and then on top of that ability, the size that he has. In the West you play against some pretty big players, and being able to clear the crease and contain the [Ryan] Getzlafs and the [Corey] Perrys and [Anze] Kopitars and players like that, we're excited about him going back there.

— Sharks general manager Doug Wilson on Brent Burns returning back to defense