GAME: Edmonton Oilers (11-13-3-0) at San Jose Sharks (9-8-9-2).
TIME: Thursday, 10:30 p.m. EST.
Having managed just one win in their last eight games, the Edmonton Oilers
hope to get back on track as they open a four-game road trip against the San
Edmonton ran off a season-high four straight wins from Nov. 13-20 but has
gone just 1-6-1 since, including Tuesday's 3-2 home loss to Carolina.
Tommy Salo returned to the net for the Oilers after sitting out more than a
month because of a hip injury. He surrendered two first-period goals to Marty
Murray before settling down to make 22 saves in his first appearance since Nov.
"It doesn't matter how you give up the goals, you're still disappointed,"
Salo said. "It's tough when you're down 2-0 in the first period and you have
to catch them."
The Oilers' NHL-worst power play went 1-for-6 as Edmonton failed to score
more than two goals for the fifth time in six games.
"Sixty minutes is what we need to be successful," Oilers forward Ryan
Smyth said. "We didn't initiate as far as coming out banging. That cost us
The Sharks ended November on a seven-game unbeaten streak (5-0-2), including
a season-high five-game winning streak, but have gone just 1-2-1 in December.
On Wednesday, San Jose carried a two-goal lead into the second period but
then fell apart, suffering a 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
Scott Hannan and Scott Parker scored for the Sharks, who were outshot 30-20,
including 16-3 in the second period.
Vesa Toskala, filling in for injured starter Evgeni Nabokov, made 27 saves
for San Jose, which squandered a chance to move within one point of first-place
Los Angeles in the tightly packed Pacific Division.