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Sharks Face Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers

Overview

The San Jose Sharks take on the Edmonton Oilers tonight at SAP Center. The winner of this matchup will take first place in the Pacific Division heading into the Christmas break.

The Sharks have been a hot team as of late, winning four of their last five contests. They are one of the top defensive teams in the league and have finally found their scoring touch after scoring four goals in two of the last three games.

The Oilers are the surprise team in the NHL. After finishing 29th in the NHL last season, they now sit tied for 11th in the league.

This improvement can largely be attributed to the play of Connor McDavid, who missed a large portion of the 2015-16 campaign due to injury. The Oilers’ captain has 40 points in 35 games and boasts a 56 percent corsi-for percentage at even strength.

This is the first time these two teams have met this season, and it is sure to be an exciting game to watch.

Comparison

San Jose Edmonton Advantage
20-12-1 (41 points) Record 18-12-5 (41 points) Tie
1st in Pacific Div. Standing 2nd in Pacific San Jose
7-3-0 Last 10 Games 5-2-3 San Jose
16.7% Power Play 22.3% Edmonton
82.4% Penalty Kill 82.2% San Jose
84 Goals For 103 Edmonton
73 Goals Against 94 San Jose
+11 Goal Differential +9 San Jose

Injuries

San Jose Edmonton
Tomas Hertl – Knee (Week-to-Week) Darnel Nurse – Ankle (12 Weeks)
x Andrew Ference – Hip (LTIR)
x Mark Fayne – Groin (Day-to-Day)
x Matthew Benning – Head (Day-to-Day)
x Iiro Pakarinen – Knee (No Timetable)
x Tyler Pitlik – Leg (No Timetable)

Projected Lineups

San Jose Sharks

Marleau – Thornton – Pavelski

Labanc – Couture – Boedker

Meier – Tierney – Donskoi

Karlsson – Haley – Nieto

Vlasic – Braun

Martin – Burns

Dillon – DeMelo

Jones

Dell

Edmonton Oilers

Lucic – McDavid – Eberle

Maroon – Nugent-Hopkins – Draisaitl

Hendricks – Letestu – Kassian

Pouliot – Caggiula – Beck

Klefbom – Larsson

Sekera – Russell

Davidson – Gryba

Talbot

Gustavsson

About Drew Weber

Drew Weber is a lover of hockey and abuser of analytics. Prior to joining Pucknology, he covered the San Jose Sharks and Team USA for The Hockey Writers and contributed briefly to Fear the Fin. You can follow him on Twitter at @puck_over_glass.

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