The San Jose Sharks (23-27-4, 50 points) head north of the border on Thursday to visit the Edmonton Oilers (28-19-6, 62 points) in a game between two Pacific division rivals. The Sharks arrive in Edmonton off a 3-1 victory at Calgary. The Sharks are 10 points behind fifth place Calgary.
Edmonton is amidst a five-team battle for first place in the Pacific division. The Oilers were defeated by Arizona 3-0 in their most recent outing. The loss left the Oilers in second place in the division trailing first place Vancouver by three points and ahead of both Vegas and Arizona by one point.
San Jose Wearing the Spoiler HatSan Jose has little to no chance of making the postseason as the Sharks sit in 13th place in the Western Conference standings and are 10 points behind the eighth place Calgary Flames. However, since San Jose is in the Pacific division, the Sharks can play a role in the outcome of the five-team race for first place and an automatic berth in the postseason.
Evander Kane is the leading goal scorer for San Jose with 20 goals and Erik Karlsson tops the Sharks in assists with 32 and in points with 37. San Jose’s defense is allowing an average of 3.28 goals per game while the offense generates just 2.54 goals per game. The anemic power play for the San Jose Sharks is successful 15.9% of the time while the penalty kill is a solid 86.8%.
Oilers Dealt Setback with Loss to ArizonaEdmonton came up on the short end of the stick on Tuesday night as the Oilers were beaten by the Arizona Coyotes 3-0. The loss kept the Oilers three points behind first-place Vancouver and also narrowed Edmonton's lead over both Vegas and Arizona to one point. Edmonton however has won four of its last six and has a good advantage over San Jose in Thursday’s game as the Oilers will be playing on their home ice.
Leon Draisaitli is leading Edmonton in goals scored with 29 as well as in assists with 54 and total points with 83. The Oilers defense is allowing an average of 3.08 goals per game while the offense generates just slightly more at 3.17 goals-per-game. Edmonton has a very strong power play at 28.9% while it's penalty kill is above average at 83.2%.
- Edmonton is 4-1 in the last five at home
- The Oilers are 7-3 in the last 10 overall
- San Jose is 1-5 in the last six on the road
- The Sharks are 2-6 in the last 8 versus a team in the Pacific division