Edmonton (24-17-5) at San Jose (21-17-5) 10:30 pm EST
SAN JOSE, California (Ticker) -- The San Jose Sharks aim for
their seventh victory in eight games when they host the
suddenly struggling Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.
The Sharks had a five-game losing streak end with a 6-2 setback
at Montreal on Saturday but responded with a 3-1 triumph here
over Tampa Bay on Monday.
Milan Michalek, defenseman Kyle McLaren and Nils Ekman scored
and Joe Thornton had two assists to give him a league-best 48
for San Jose, which finished 9-1 against Eastern Conference
teams this season. Thursday's contest will begin a
season-ending streak of 39 straight games against Western
The Oilers have 53 points - six more than the Sharks - but have
lost three straight games and four of five.
On Monday, Edmonton lost its second straight interconference
home game, falling to Buffalo, 3-1.
Ales Hemsky scored the lone goal for Edmonton, which went 3-3-4
against teams from the East.
In the only previous meeting between the teams this season, the
Oilers posted a 2-1 home win in a shootout on November 21.