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San Jose hoping for second win in 11 games; Edmonton trying to end losing streak

by Derek Van Diest / Correspondent

SHARKS (44-27-9) at OILERS (34-37-9)



The Game

The San Jose Sharks, who have clinched a berth into the Stanley Cup Playoffs, will look for their second win in 11 games when they play the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Thursday.

The Sharks have lost two straight and are 1-8-1 in their past 10 games. San Jose will finish second in the Pacific Division and will play the Vegas Golden Knights in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

The Oilers, who have lost four straight games (0-3-1), have been eliminated from playoff contention.


Players to watch

Sharks forward Tomas Hertl has seven points (three goals, four assists) in a five-game point streak.

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has 36 points (15 goals, 21 assists) in his past 25 games. He has 47 goals this season, the most by an Edmonton player since Jimmy Carson scored 49 in 1988-89.


They said it

"You would like to be playing your best hockey going into the playoffs, but it is a whole different season when the playoffs start and emotions change and it's going to be a much different atmosphere and feel in Game 1 of the playoffs then say tonight, or our last game. But we want to be playing better than we are right now." -- Sharks center Logan Couture

"This is kind of the first time I really knew I was playing. Mikko [Koskinen], with my first start, was sick. So it's exciting to be able to play and to be able to play on home ice." -- Oilers goalie Anthony Stolarz, on making his second start since being acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 15


Sharks projected lineup

Timo Meier -- Logan Couture -- Joe Pavelski

Evander Kane -- Tomas Hertl -- Gustav Nyquist

Marcus Sorensen -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc

Micheal Haley -- Barclay Goodrow -- Melker Karlsson

Jacob Middleton -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Tim Heed

Brenden Dillon -- Justin Braun

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Joonas Donskoi, Lukas Radil

Injured: Erik Karlsson (groin), Radim Simek (knee)


Oilers projected lineup

Leon Draisaitl -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

Milan Lucic -- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Ty Rattie

Tobias Rieder -- Colby Cave -- Alex Chiasson

Joseph Gambardella -- Sam Gagner -- Josh Currie

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse -- Kris Russell

Andrej Sekera -- Matt Benning

Anthony Stolarz

Mikko Koskinen

Scratched: Kevin Gravel, Alexander Petrovic, Brad Malone, Kyle Brodziak

Injured: Jesse Puljujarvi (lower body), Jujhar Khaira (foot)


Status report

Erik Karlsson participated in the morning skate for the Sharks but will miss his 17th consecutive game with a groin injury. … Thornton needs one assist to pass Steve Yzerman (1,063) for eighth-place on the NHL all-time list … Stolarz made 37 saves in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 9 in his first start for the Oilers.


Stat pack

Couture has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past four games. … McDavid has 33 points (10 goals, 23 assists) in his past 20 games. … Nugent-Hopkins his nine points (six goals, three assists) in his past nine games.

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