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Sharks visit Oilers in search of fifth straight win

by Derek Van Diest

SHARKS (14-10-4) at OILERS (6-15-5)


EDMONTON -- The Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks each decided not to skate Sunday prior to their first game of the season.

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins and Sharks coach Todd McLellan are expected to speak before the game at Rexall Place and could offer insight into possible lineup changes.

The Oilers have not played since losing 3-2 in overtime at the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday. Edmonton is on an 11-game losing streak and are winless against a Western Conference opponent this season (0-12-4).

San Jose defeated the Calgary Flames 3-2 on Saturday to extend its winning streak to four games.

Sharks right wing Tyler Kennedy left Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary with his left arm in a sling, having taken a hit early in the game. Kennedy is not expected to play against the Oilers.

The Oilers have not announced whether goalies Ben Scrivens or Viktor Fasth will start against the Sharks. Backup goalie Alex Stalock is expected to start for San Jose.

Here are the projected lineups:


Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels

Tye McGinn - James Sheppard - Barclay Goodrow

Mike Brown - Andrew Desjardins - John Scott

Justin Braun - Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Brent Burns - Brenden Dillon

Scott Hannan - Matt Irwin

Alex Stalock

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Mirco Mueller

Injured: Troy Grosenick (upper body), Raffi Torres (knee), Matt Nieto (lower body), Tyler Kennedy (arm)


Taylor HallRyan Nugent-HopkinsTyler Pitlick

Nail YakupovLeon DraisaitlJordan Eberle

David PerronBoyd GordonTeddy Purcell

Luke GazdicMark ArcobelloSteven Pinizzotto

Andrew FerenceJustin Schultz

Oscar KlefbomJeff Petry

Keith AulieMark Fayne

Ben Scrivens

Viktor Fasth

Scratched: Jesse Joensuu

Injured: Benoit Pouliot (foot), Matt Hendricks (leg), Nikita Nikitin (back).

Status report: This is the first of a home-and-home series between the Sharks and Oilers. The Oilers travel to play the Sharks on Tuesday. … Hendricks did not practice with the Oilers Saturday. He is still recovering from blocking a shot against the Nashville Predators on Nov. 27. Joensuu was placed on waivers last week, but was not assigned to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Joensuu is back on the Oilers roster.

Who's hot: Wingels has three goals and six assists in his past four games. Marleau is on a four-game point streak with a goal and five assists. … Hall has four assists in his past three games.

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