The Oilers have won three of their last four and currently sit in 12th place, but just two points out of a playoff spot, two points behind the Sharks in fact. They will look to pounce on a Sharks team just coming off back-to-back losses.
The Oilers look to be hitting their stride and couldn’t have come at a better time. The other positive is that Jordan Eberle, he of the 10 game goal-less drought, finally lit the lamp last game and will hope to continue the trend tonight at Rexall Place.
The Sharks started the season hot, riding a high scoring seven game winning streak which included a 6-3 victory over the Oilers at the time. Things have certainly changed for the once mighty Sharks, who have lost six of their last seven games and have fallen back to the pack.
Edmonton will be looking to avenge the two earlier losses, where they were out-scored by a total of 9-5.
The playoff picture in the west is getting quite blurred as there are a number of teams trying to work their way into a playoff position. The Sharks are currently in 8th with 30 points, but both Phoenix and surging Columbus also have 30. Dallas is one back at 29 and then the Oilers and Nashville are only one game out at 28. A win tonight by the Oilers would put them right in the mix at 30.
GOALTENDERS: Devan Dubnyk will make yet another start for the Oilers and has a 1.64 GAA in his last three games. He will be opposed by Antti Niemi who has allowed four goals against in each of his last two starts.