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.
- Joe Thornton
- Joe Pavelski
- Patrick Marleau
- Daniel Winnik
- Dominic Moore
- Torrey Mitchell
T.J. Galiardi - Andrew Desjardins
- Benn Ferriero
- Dan Boyle
- Brent Burns
- Jason Demers
likely will start in goal, with Thomas Greiss
- Sam Gagner
- Jordan Eberle
Ryan Smythe - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Ales Hemsky
- Shawn Horcoff
- Ryan Jones
- Eric Belanger
- Linus Omark
- Jeff Petry
- Nick Schultz
- Corey Potter
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.