The San Jose Sharks may be in the right place to finally end their road woes.
The Sharks will try to stop their six-game winless run on the road in the last place where they won away from San Jose when they face the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night.
San Jose (10-7-4) opened this two-game trip with a 6-1 loss at Vancouver on Friday. The Sharks are 0-4-2 in their last six on the road since a 6-1 victory at Edmonton (6-11-4) on Oct. 23.
Friday's loss was frustrating for a number of reasons.
The Sharks, who have lost four of the last five (1-2-2), finished the game with just 10 forwards. San Jose lost Scott Nichol after an errant puck hit him in the eye during the morning skate, and Devin Setoguchi left with an undisclosed injury after the first period, leaving the Sharks short for the final two periods during a sloppy effort.
"Most of the goals came off our tape," coach Todd McLellan said. "When you are the first or second assist on most of their goals you have no chance. Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers."
In addition, San Jose failed on its only power-play chance to fall to 0 for 21 during the six-game road winless streak. It's in stark contrast to how they fared last month against the Oilers when they went 3 for 5, with Dany Heatley, Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle all converting.
Heatley had the lone goal Friday to pull within one of Patrick Marleau's team lead of 10. Each has one goal in the last six road games.
"I can't explain it," said Boyle about the team's current woes. "If I could we wouldn't be in this situation."
Antti Niemi made his second straight start, and the six goals allowed were a season high as he fell to 3-5-1 with a 3.93 goals-against average. McLellan refused to blame him for the loss.
Antero Niittymaki was in goal in the last game at Edmonton, and is 7-2-3 with a 2.07 GAA this season.
Edmonton ended an 0-5-1 skid at home with Thursday's 3-2 victory over Colorado. Taylor Hall scored the winner with 29 seconds left in regulation on a feed from fellow rookie Jordan Eberle.
"It was definitely a big goal for our team, no matter who got it," Hall said. "Especially, to get a home win like this. To put our sticks up at the end of the game and know we played our hearts out."
The Oilers were outshot 28-11 through two periods, blowing a two-goal lead after Gilbert Brule and Andrew Cogliano scored in the first four minutes of the game. They recovered to hold a 13-9 advantage in shots in the third.
"Even in the second period, it was almost like we couldn't believe we were still in it," coach Tom Renney said. "And that's dangerous of course and we want to work on that naturally, and we did that in the third period."
Oilers forward Ales Hemsky is expected to miss his second straight game with a groin injury. Nikolai Khabibulin is also out with a groin injury, and Martin Gerber made 35 saves Thursday in his first NHL start since April 11, 2009, for Toronto.
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