San Jose (28-21-8) at Edmonton (30-21-8) 9:00 pm EST
EDMONTON, Alberta (Ticker) - The San Jose Sharks currently are
staring up at the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference
standings. The way things are going, however, that could be
changing very soon.
The Sharks try to post their fifth straight victory and send the
Oilers to their fifth consecutive loss Friday when the teams
meet for the third time this season.
San Jose won its last three games prior to the Olympic break and
kept a good thing going Tuesday with a 5-1 triumph over
Detroit. Joe Thornton had a goal and three assists and Jonathan
Cheechoo also netted one of the Sharks' franchise-record five
Vesa Toskala made 28 saves to earn his fourth straight win for
San Jose, which has scored 16 goals over its last three
Meanwhile, Edmonton has dropped four straight games - allowing
20 goals in that stretch - and leads Anaheim by three points for
eighth place in the standings.
The Oilers' latest defeat came Wednesday, 4-2, against St. Louis
despite goals from defensemen Chris Pronger and Marc-Andre
Bergeron. Jussi Markkanen allowed three goals on 10 shots
before Mike Morrison came on in the third period and allowed one
goal on only two shots.
San Jose has lost both meetings with Edmonton this season - both
in shootouts - and has just one win in its last nine encounters
with the Oilers.