NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, October 12th
(All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (3-0-0) at Edmonton Oilers (1-1-0), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The San Jose Sharks will try for the first 4-0 start in
team history tonight when they battle the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
The Sharks have won the first three games of the season for the first time
since the 1999-2000 campaign. So far this year they have earned victories over
St. Louis, the New York Islanders, and Calgary.
San Jose began a three-game road trip at the Saddledome on Monday and earned a
4-1 win over the Flames. Vesa Toskala made 29 saves and four different San
Jose players scored to lead the Sharks.
Toskala fell just a few minutes short of his first shutout of the season and
second straight for San Jose. Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves in Saturday's 2-0
win over the Islanders.
Patrick Marleau had three assists and Steve Bernier and Milan Michalek each
scored second-period goals for the Sharks, who have scored 11 times so far
this season. Christian Ehrhoff and Mark Smith also tallied for San Jose.
The Oilers will play their first game of the season against a team other than
Calgary tonight. They opened the year with a home-and-home series against the
Flames. The teams split the set with each team winning on its home ice.
Edmonton last played on Saturday when it was handed a 2-1 setback. Stephane
Yelle scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Flames.
Joffrey Lupul, who was a part of the trade with Anaheim that saw defenseman
Chris Pronger head to the Ducks, scored his first goal with Edmonton.
Dwayne Roloson allowed two goals on 28 shots in the loss for the Oilers, who
defeated the Flames 3-1 on Thursday.
On the milestone front, Oilers winger Ryan Smyth is just three points shy of
500 for his career.
The Oilers won three of four encounters with the Sharks last season and were
2-0 in Edmonton.
10/12 10:20:57 ET