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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Californian competition

As the Oilers prepare for a trio of meetings against Californian competition, EdmontonOilers.com takes a look at the club's history against teams from The Golden State

by Paul Gazzola / EdmontonOilers.com

During the Oilers 40th Anniversary Season, EdmontonOilers.com is looking back at the history of the franchise weekly with Throwback Thursdays

EDMONTON, AB - Fresh off snapping a six-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes, the Oilers set their sights on a three-game jaunt along the Pacific Ocean to face the National Hockey League's three Californian clubs.

A road trip through The Golden State brings with it dates against the Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Anaheim Ducks. The Orange & Blue have played a total of 437 games against the Californian-based clubs, going 194-181-44-18 overall.

The Oilers will begin their Californian swing in Los Angeles for a meeting with the Kings. In 210 games played versus Los Angeles, Edmonton is 95-82-30-3. STAPLES Center, the site of Edmonton's Saturday match with the Kings, has been a competitive arena for the club to play in. Edmonton is 15-18-1-3 when they play in L.A. Live and dropped a 5-2 road decision to the Kings in November.

Before Los Angeles began playing at STAPLES Center, they hosted squads at The Forum, where Edmonton went 28-24-14.

Following their cup of tea with the Kings, the Oilers will travel up the I-5 to answer the call with the Ducks at Honda Center. Formerly known as the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, Edmonton's had their share of challenges in the arena, going 20-30-2-2 when playing the Ducks as visitors. Head-to-head against Anaheim, the Oilers are 46-51-2-7 in 106 career outings.

Before the Orange & Blue can ride off into the Californian sunset, they'll make a stop in San Jose for a match with the ever-dangerous San Jose Sharks.

Edmonton has appeared in 121 career contests against San Jose, going 53-48-12-8. The SAP Center, the home of the Sharks, is hostile territory for the Oilers. Edmonton is 21-22-5-5 at The Shark Tank, scoring 157 goals for at that rink and allowing 169 against. 

The Oilers did swim away from danger in their previous road meeting with the Sharks in the 2018-19 season, edging the club in overtime by a score of 4-3 in Oilers Head Coach Ken Hitchcock's debut with the team. 

The bad blood will be set aside this January when the Sharks host the NHL All-Star Weekend from Jan. 25-26. It will mark the second time the Sharks have hosted the event, as the club previously did so in 1997. Oiler Captain Connor McDavid will captain Team Pacific for the third straight season.

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