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Sharks at Oilers: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

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The Edmonton Connor McDavids are hungry for a bounce-back win, while the Sharks just hope to stay afloat.

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 19: San Jose Sharks Defenceman Mario Ferraro (38) watching a play along the glass during the match up between the Edmonton Oilers and the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Photo by Douglas Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the San Jose Sharks played a fun game of hockey, pulling out a win over the Calgary Flames and I don’t totally dread tonight’s match up against the other half of the Battle of Alberta, the Edmonton Oilers.

Does this mean the Sharks are good by any measure? C’mon now. Of course not. But thanks to some truly excellent goaltending from Aaron Dell (who — don’t be fooled — is just as likely to put up a real stinker of a game) and wingers deciding they will have to lead the charge without a true top-six center, the Sharks staved off total embarrassment and you know what? I had fun.

Let’s hope they can keep it rolling tonight against a team that is more smoke and mirrors than the Sharks’ last win. Though the Oilers sit second in the Pacific with 62 points, they are also only two points ahead of the fifth-place Flames with one game in hand. Their 28-19-6 record would put them well out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

This is a team that can put up eight goals on Calgary one night and get shut out by the Arizona Coyotes the next — which is exactly how their last two outings have gone. You can’t ever really count out Connor McDavid, though, and with the Sharks’ lack of center depth, it could be feast or famine tonight in Alberta.

Lines

SHARKS

Expected Scratches: Antti Suomela, Tim Heed

Injured Reserve: Dalton Prout (upper body), Logan Couture (ankle), Joel Kellman (undisclosed), Tomas Hertl (knee)

OILERS (via NHL.com)

Josh ArchibaldConnor McDavidSam Gagner
Ryan Nugent-HopkinsLeon DraisaitlKailer Yamamoto
Jujhar KhairaRiley SheahanZack Kassian
Tyler BensonGaetan HaasAlex Chiasson

Darnell NurseEthan Bear
Oscar KlefbomAdam Larsson
William LagessonMatt Benning

Mikko Koskinen
Mike Smith

Expected Scratches: Patrick Russell, Caleb Jones

Injured Reserve: Joakim Nygard (hand), Kris Russell (concussion), James Neal (foot)

Where to Watch

Puck drop from Rogers Place is at 6:30 PT/9:30 ET. Tonight’s broadcast will be available on NBC Sports California in the Bay Area and on SNW in the opponents’ market. Streaming will be available on NHLtv. The radio call will be on 98.5 KFOX or available to stream through the Sharks + SAP Center app.