NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 21st (All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (12-14-5) at San Jose Sharks (17-11-5), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks will take aim at just their second three-game winning streak of the season tonight, when they host the Edmonton Oilers at HP Pavilion.
The Sharks ended a three-game road trip with consecutive victories over Dallas and St. Louis. Another win this evening will match San Jose's season-high three-game winning streak from Nov. 11-15.
After posting an overtime victory last Thursday in Dallas, San Jose made it two straight wins with a 4-1 decision Saturday evening in St. Louis. Logan Couture scored two goals in the victory, giving him 17 on the season to lead all rookies. Antero Niittymaki made 21 saves to record his 11th victory of the season.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Devin Setoguchi also scored for the Sharks, who led 3-0 after Couture's second goal of the game at 8:21 of the second period.
"In the last two or three games our starts have been great and the momentum kind of carries over. We feed of it," said Setoguchi.
Tonight marks the start of a three-game homestand for the Sharks, who have lost three of their last five on home ice and are 8-4-3 as the host this season. After tonight, San Jose will complete the residency with tests against Pacific Division rivals Phoenix and Los Angeles.
The Oilers, who are last in the Western Conference with 29 points, were able to end a two-game slide their last time out. Edmonton notched a 6-3 victory over Columbus on Thursday to end a six-game homestand with a 3-2-1 record.
Jordan Eberle notched two goals and Linus Omark posted a goal and two assists in Edmonton's win over the Blue Jackets. The Oilers led the game 3-2 after one period and Eberle scored the first of Edmonton's three unanswered goals in the second stanza.
Sam Gagner and Magnus Paajarvi each had a goal and an assist for Edmonton. Dustin Penner also chipped in with a goal, while Nikolai Khabibulin stopped 37-of-40 shots in the win.
"He's the reason why he keeps us in games or why we win on most of the nights," Eberle said of Khabibulin. "He's very steady back there. We have so much confidence in him, we expect him to make a save, we almost know it's going to be a save so it helps when you've got someone back there like that."
Edmonton enters the start of a three-game road trip with wins in three straight and four of the club's last five games away from Rexall Place. The Oilers are 6-6-3 overall as the guest this season.
The Sharks have won both games against the Oilers so far this season and both of those victories came on the road. San Jose has taken eight of nine overall in the series and has also won three straight over the Oilers at the Shark Tank.
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