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Thursday, January 19th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (24-17-5) at San Jose Sharks (21-17-5), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The slumping Edmonton Oilers try to halt a three-game losing streak tonight, as they visit the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion.

The Oilers' latest setback came Monday evening against the visiting Buffalo Sabres. Maxim Afinogenov scored the game-winning goal in the final frame and added an assist to lift the sabers to a 3-1 victory at Rexall Place.

Ales Hemsky scored the lone goal for the Oilers, while Jussi Markkanen allowed three goals on 19 shots in defeat.

Edmonton has dropped seven of its last 10 games and is now fourth in the Northwest Division with 53 points. Colorado, Calgary and Vancouver are tied for first with 57 points each.

The Oilers, who are 13-8-3 as the guest this year, begin a two-game road trip tonight. They will also visit Phoenix on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Sharks have won six of their last seven games and are coming off Monday's win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Vesa Toskala made 21 saves and Joe Thornton picked up two assists as San Jose defeated the Lightning, 3-1, at the Shark Tank. It was the ninth time that Thornton posted multiple points in a game since coming to San Jose in a trade with Boston in early December.

Milan Michalek, Kyle McLaren and Nils Ekman scored the goals for the Sharks.

San Jose's Jonathan Cheechoo also added an assist to extend his point scoring streak to nine games. He has nine goals and six assists during the tear.

The Sharks, who are 13-4-3 at home this year, end a brief two-game stand tonight.

Edmonton won the only meeting with the Sharks this season and is 4-1-3 ( 1 loss, 3 ties) in the last eight matchups.

01/19 10:28:43 ET

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