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Tonight the San Jose Sharks are in Edmonton to kick off the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Edmonton Oilers. These two teams meet in the postseason for the first time since 2006, which is also the last time the Oilers made the playoffs.
The San Jose Sharks look to follow up a historic postseason run in 2016 with another long one in 2017, while holding off a young Oilers team led by Connor McDavid.
Something to look out for is whether injured centers Logan Couture and Joe Thornton will play in Game 1, after both Thornton (lower body) and Couture (face) missed the end of the regular season. Both have been seen skating at practices leading up to today, but both have been termed day-to-day by head coach Peter DeBoer.
[12:30PM MT] The San Jose Sharks took the ice for morning skate at 11:30AM local time this morning, with most of the players choosing to skate. The team skated on the Rogers Place ice surrounded by sparkly orange pom-poms that fans will be using tonight.
After skate, several of the players spoke to the rather large contingent of Edmonton and San Jose media.
Head Coach Peter DeBoer termed both Logan Couture and Joe Thornton as game-time decisions, with Joe Thornton stating that he was "day-to-day" or "hour-to-hour." Both were on the ice taking part in drills, so Sharks fans will have to wait and see if 19 and 39 are in the lineup tonight.
[1:23PM MT] Martin Jones gets the start in goal, as was expected. The lineup is still up in the air, but here are some potential lines that we could see tonight.
[5:23 PM MT] While waiting for the game, here are a few articles about tonight's matchup and series from the NHL.
Joe Thornton and Logan Couture could play tonight for the Sharks
5 Keys: Sharks at Oilers, Game 1
[6:23 PM MT] The players have arrived (looking sharp, of course), which means it is time to wrap this gameday blog us as we transition into game mode.