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Sharks look to get back in win column vs. Oilers

by Brian Compton

SHARKS (46-18-9) at OILERS (25-38-9)


Last 10: San Jose 7-1-2; Edmonton 5-4-1

Season series: This is the fourth of five games between the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers. San Jose won the first two games before Edmonton responded with a 3-0 victory at Rexall Place on Jan. 29 behind a 59-save shutout by Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens.

Big story: San Jose qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a 10th consecutive season by earning a point Monday night in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Calgary Flames. But the Sharks know it will take victories down the stretch in order to secure the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. They enter Tuesday two points behind the St. Louis Blues for the top spot.

"It was probably an inevitability," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "There is satisfaction in clinching. That was one of the goals that we set out to do, and they've accomplished that. It would've been nice to get the two points. Obviously, we're in a heck of a race for other things, so that's a little bit disappointing, but we have to move on."

Team Scope:

Sharks: San Jose will play its second game in as many nights in Alberta after falling short in Calgary on Monday. Coupled with their 3-2 shootout loss to the Washington Capitals on Saturday, the Sharks have lost back-to-back games for the first time since doing so on consecutive nights to the Oilers and Flames in late January.

Now it appears San Jose will have to try to avoid another loss without the services of forward Logan Courture, who left during the second period Monday with an apparent lower-body injury. While McLellan said it isn't serious, there's a good chance Couture won't be in the lineup Tuesday after blocking a shot from Flames defenseman Mark Giordano.

"He blocked a shot. I don't know if he will play tomorrow, but he's fine," McLellan said after the game Monday.

Oilers: In a season that has been loaded with unfortunate results, Edmonton received more bad news Monday when goaltender Viktor Fasth may have sustained a sprained neck. Fasth collided with Anton Lander during a rush and was on the ice for an extended period of time while being attended to by the Oilers' training staff.

"I didn't see it," coach Dallas Eakins told the Oilers website. "He got driven into the net off a rush and banged his head. He wasn't concussed or anything, but I guess [he] sprained his neck. He's going to go see the docs, and if we have to call someone up, we will."

The Oilers recalled goaltender Laurent Brossoit from the Oklahoma City Barons on an emergency basis Monday. He has a 3.60 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in eight American Hockey League games this season.

Who's hot: Sharks forward James Sheppard has scored in back-to-back games. … Oilers right wing Jordan Eberle has four points (two goals, two assists) in his past two games, and center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is 1-3-4 in his past three.

Injury report: The Sharks are missing forwards Tomas Hertl (knee) and Raffi Torres (knee). Defenseman Brad Stuart returned to the lineup Monday after missing 13 games with an upper-body injury. … Besides Fasth, the Oilers are expected to be without forwards Jesse Joensuu (high ankle sprain) and Nail Yakupov (ankle). Defenseman Anton Belov (oblique) could return to the lineup.

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