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Where they stand
Sharks: 14-10-4, 32 points, 5th Pacific Division
Oilers: 6-15-5, 17 points, 7th Pacific Division
Sharks: The Sharks won a season-high fourth straight game on Saturday, 3-2 over Calgary. Patrick Marleau scored the tiebreaking, game-winning goal in the third period, to go along with earlier scores from Justin Braun and Logan Couture. Antti Niemi gained the win in his seventh straight start, making 33 saves. The Sharks play three of their next five games against Edmonton, including Tuesday at SAP Center as they open up a five-game homestand.
[INSTANT REPLAY: Sharks put out Flames, win fourth straight]
Oilers: Edmonton has lost its last 11 games (0-7-4), including three of the last four in overtime. The Oilers haven’t played since Wednesday’s 3-2 loss in Winnipeg, as goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Teddy Purcell weren’t enough. Edmonton, last overall in the NHL, has yet to win a game in the Western Conference (0-12-4).
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Logan Couture. The Sharks center has recorded at least a point in six of his last eight games, including one goal and one assist Saturday night in a dominant performance in Calgary. Couture, who has fought through a pair of health scares in the past week, seems to thrive against Edmonton, too, with 10 goals in 14 career games.
Oilers: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The young center is on a three-game point streak (1g, 2a), and had three points against the Sharks the last time these teams met late last season. His 21:30 of ice time leads all Oilers forwards, and his 17 points (6g, 11a) is tied for the team lead with Taylor Hall.
Goals per game: 2.79 (13th)
Goals-against per game: 2.61 (14th)
Power play: 23.9 percent (3rd)
Penalty kill: 83.1 percent (12th)
Goals per game: 2.23 (27th)
Goals-against per game: 3.42 (29th)
Power play: 12.4 percent (26th)
Penalty kill: 80.5 percent (17th)
Tomas Hertl – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Tommy Wingels
Barclay Goodrow – James Sheppard – Tye McGinn
John Scott – Andrew Desjardins – Mike Brown
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – Brent Burns
Mirco Mueller – Scott Hannan
Alex Stalock (likely starter)
Taylor Hall – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Tyler Pitlick
Nail Yakupov – Leon Draisaitl – Jordan Eberle
David Perron – Boyd Gordon – Teddy Purcell
Luke Gazdic – Mark Arcobello – Steve Pinizotto
Andrew Ference – Justin Schultz
Oscar Klefbom – Jeff Petry
Nikita Nikitin – Mark Fayne
Sharks: Raffi Torres (right knee) is out. Matt Nieto (lower body) and Tyler Kennedy (upper body) are questionable.
Oilers: Benoit Pouliot (broken foot) is on injured reserve. Matt Hendricks (leg) is day-to-day.
After Tuesday’s rematch in San Jose, the Sharks and Oilers will meet again on Dec. 18 at SAP Center. The Oilers return to the Bay Area on Feb. 2, while Sharks will be back at Rexall Place on April 9 in the penultimate game of the regular season.
The Sharks are 45-37-19 all-time vs. Edmonton, including a 18-3-3 mark in the last 24.
Odds and ends
*The Sharks are the only team in the NHL with six players with 20 or more points.
*Alex Stalock is likely to play his first game since Nov. 8, when he was hurt in a game against Dallas, a 5-3 Sharks win.
*Tommy Wingels and Patrick Marleau each have four-game scoring streaks. Wingels has nine points over that span (3g, 6a) while Marleau has one goal and five assists.
*Eight of Edmonton’s 11 straight losses have been by one goal.
*Taylor Hall has five points in the last five games (1g, 4a) and leads Edmonton with eight goals.
*Jordan Eberle has 15 points (6g, 9a) in 15 career games vs. the Sharks.
“It’s good we’re getting wins. There’s still a lot of things we need to work on, but we’re finding a way to win, and that’s great to see.” – Patrick Marleau