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

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Mikkel Boedker draws in for San Jose

Edmonton Oilers v San Jose Sharks - Game Three Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

San Jose looks to take the edge against the Oilers in game five tonight at 7:30 p.m. PT in Edmonton with the series tied at two games apiece. The Sharks are coming off their most impressive offensive performance in postseason history, scoring seven goals, with four of those coming on the power play.

The series shifts back to Alberta, and with it Edmonton head coach Todd McLellan gets last change. We’ll see if he uses it to his advantage against the new-look San Jose lineup that head coach Pete DeBoer utilized in game four. Mikkel Boedker draws into the lineup for the Sharks, who played their best game of the postseason on Tuesday. Joonas Donskoi is benched as a result.

Edmonton might decide to shift things around a bit after a humiliating defeat in game four. Leon Draisaitl avoided suspension after spearing Chris Tierney, but a nagging injury has kept him from practicing before the last two games and he appeared to be favoring his shoulder in game four. Keep an eye on that — and on McLellan’s usage of the center in game five.

As has been the case all series, we won’t know for sure what lines we’re working with until the pre-game rushes, but here’s what both teams used in game four according to hockeyviz.com.

Sharks Projected Lines

Patrick Marleau - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski

Mikkel Boedker - Logan Couture - Jannik Hansen

Timo Meier - Tomas Hertl - Melker Karlsson

Marcus Sorensen - Chris Tierney - Joel Ward

Paul Martin - Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon - David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Projected Edmonton Lines

Patrick Maroon - Connor McDavid - Anton Slepyshev

Milan Lucic - Ryan Nugent Hopkins - Jordan Eberle

Drake Caggiula - Leon Draisaitl - Zack Kassian

David Desharnais - Mark Letestu - Derek Pouliot

Kris Russell - Andrej Sekera

Oscar Klefbom - Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse - Matt Benning

Cam Talbot