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NHL: Sharks Host the Struggling Oilers

San Jose Sharks

Oilers Lost 6 of 7 Heading into Shark Country

The Edmonton Oilers and the San Jose Sharks meet at SAP Center at San Jose Tuesday night. On paper it looks like a quality NHL matchup and the divisional rivalry history leads to familiarity with each other.

TV: 10:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network, Sportsnet West (Edmonton), NBCS California (San Jose)

Line: Sharks -185; O/U: 6 Under -120.

Oilers superstar captain Connor McDavid thought his team had turned the corner following a sizzling 11-game streak. The Oilers finds itself on the seat of its pants with losses in six of the last seven games. The Oilers begin a three-game trek through California tonight.

McDavid opened the scoring 52 seconds into Sunday’s 6-3 setback versus Vegas. He moved one goal shy of 100 for his career.

While Edmonton is spiraling down a mediocre Pacific Division, San Jose entered Monday’s action in first place. They have wins in three of its last four contests.

Captain Joe Pavelski was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week on Monday. It was two days removed from recording his fourth straight multi-point performance in a 4-0 win over St. Louis.

The Oilers are 9-10-1 on the season. Leon Draisaitl is doing all he can to alter Edmonton’s struggling ways. He has has pulled even with McDavid in goals with 12, after scoring five in his last seven outings. That is in addition to setting up four others.

Goaltender Cam Talbot has been waiting on his 100th win with the Oilers for the last five games. He has posted a gaudy 4.63 goals-against average and .845 save percentage during that stretch. The netter had a pair of encounters with San Jose last season and owns a 5-3-2 mark with a 2.68 GAA and .907 save percentage in 10 career meetings.

RW Alex Chiasson has scored in back-to-back contests to push his point streak to three games.

The Sharks are 11-7-3 on the NHL season. Two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson scored his first goal since March 27,as a member of the Ottawa Senators, with a power-play tally at 3:34 of the second period on Saturday.

Karlsson set up Evander Kane just over four minutes later to notch consecutive multi-point performances and extend his assist streak to three games.

San Jose C Logan Couture leads the team’s forwards in assists with 14. He set up three goals for the seventh time in his career on Saturday.

The Sharks have not allowed a power-play goal in their last six games. They are 44-for-46 on the penalty kill in their last 17 overall.

PREDICTION: Sharks 4, Oilers 2

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Next up:
Edmonton at Anaheim Friday, November 23
San Jose home to Vancouver Friday, November 23

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