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Sharks vs Oilers Game 2: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

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The Sharks look to take a 2-0 series lead with a win tonight.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

A win tonight over the Edmonton Oilers in Game 2 of their first round series may not be mandatory for the San Jose Sharks, but it is certainly pivotal for their chances to advance. In NHL history, teams who have taken a 2-0 lead have gone on to win the series 86.4% of the time, according to

Pete DeBoer himself has had a decent record of success in the second game of a series. In eight career Game 2s, Peter DeBoer-coached teams have won five times, and have picked up two wins in three Game 2s after winning the second game of the series.

Where to watch/listen to the game

San Jose: NBC Sports California / 98.5 KFOX

Outside of San Jose (U.S.): NBC Sports Network

San Jose is not expected to make any changes. Joe Thornton skated with the scratches this morning, according to Friend of the Blog Kevin Kurz, but Thornton officially remains “day-to-day.” Meanwhile, Matt Benning is expected to draw back in for the Oilers.

Projected Sharks Lines

Melker Karlsson – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski

Jannik Hansen – Tomas Hertl – Mikkel Boedker

Joonas Donskoi – Patrick Marleau – Joel Ward

Marcus Sorensen – Chris Tierney – Timo Meier

Paul Martin – Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Projected Oilers Lines

Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl

Milan Lucic – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle

Drake Caggiula – Mark Letestu – Zack Kassian

Benoit Pouliot – David Desharnais – Anton Slepyshev

Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson

Andrej Sekera – Kris Russell

Darnell Nurse – Matt Benning

Cam Talbot

Laurent Brossoit