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Sharks vs. Oilers preview: Lerg to make NHL debut for real this time

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San Jose plays out the string with their second-to-last game of the season.

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There isn't much left to cheer for with the Sharks this season as they play their second-to-last game tonight in Edmonton before heading off into a playoff-less spring, but 29-year-old career minor leaguer Bryan Lerg finally making his big-league debut after a false start on Monday provides a nice story in an otherwise meaningless game. On the other side of the rink, Oilers goalie Laurent Brossoit will be making his NHL debut as well.

Tale Of The Tape
San Jose Sharks

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Edmonton Oilers
39-32-9, 87 points
Record 24-43-16, 61 points
5th in Pacific Rank 6th in Pacific
51.3%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 47.1%
99.1
PDO 96.9
21.6
PP% 17.9
78.0
PK% 76.3

6:30PM PDT | Rexall Place | Edmonton, Alberta
TV: CSNCA+ | Radio: SJSharks.com, 98.5 KFOX
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Projected Sharks Lineup

Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton - Melker Karlsson
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tomas Hertl
Matt Nieto - Chris Tierney - Tommy Wingels
John Scott - Ben Smith - Bryan Lerg

Brenden Dillon - Justin Braun
Karl Stollery - Brent Burns
Matt Irwin - Taylor Fedun

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Projected Oilers Lineup

Benoit Pouliot - Taylor Hall - Jordan Eberle
Nail Yakupov - Derek Roy - Teddy Purcell
Matt Fraser - Anton Lander - Tyler Pitlick
Luke Gazdic - Rob Klinkhammer - Curtis Hamilton

Oscar Klefbom - Justin Schultz
Martin Marincin - David Musil
Brandon Davidson - Keith Aulie

Laurent Brossoit
Ben Scrivens

Last Meeting

Scott Hannan, Matt Tennyson and Joe Pavelski all scored in the third period to turn a 3-1 Sharks deficit into a 4-3 San Jose lead, before a late goal by Justin Schultz tied things for the Oilers who ended up winning in a shootout.

Storylines

  • Speaking of NHL debuts, Oilers prospect Curtis Hamilton will also suit up with the big club for the first time in his career.
  • Mike Brown and Barclay Goodrow, who was sent down to Worcester yesterday to help with their playoff push, are out for the Sharks with Lerg and John Scott drawing in.
  • Antti Niemi is in net for the Sharks but Todd McLellan won't announce who he intends to start on Saturday against Los Angeles. Presumably that will be decided by the outcome of tonight's Kings-Flames game that determines whether L.A. will still be alive in the playoff hunt in the season finale.