Record: 30-32-6, 66 points
Injuries: Jarret Stoll (concussion) is out. Ethan Moreau (shoulder) is out. Marty Reasoner (shoulder) is out. Steve Staios (knee) is out. Daniel Tjarnqvist (inflamed pubic bone) is out. Mathieu Roy (concussion) is out. Tom Gilbert (concussion) is out. Jan Hejda (shoulder) is out. Ales Hemsky (shoulder) is out. Petr Nedved (knee) is out. Shawn Horcoff (foot) is probable. Brad Winchester (leg) is probable. Danny Syvret (flu) is probable.
Streak: 6-Games losing streak
Top Player: Petr Sykora-49 points
Ranking: Last in NW Divison, 11th in Western Conference, 24th in League
Record: 40-25-3, 83 points
Injuries: Vesa Toskala (groin) is out. Mark Smith (groin) is out.
streak: 1-Game losing streak.
Top Player: Joe Thornton-83 points
Ranking: 3rd in Pacific Division, 6th in Western Conference, 10th in League
Probable Starting Goalies:
Games Played: 59
Goals Against Avg: 2.74
Save Percentage: .908
Goals Against: 156
Games Played: 38
Goals Against Avg: 2.35
Sace Percentage: .910
Goals Against: 82
OILERS TO WATCH: Petr Sykora hasn’t picked up a point in the last seven games for the Oilers but he had some chances on Friday in Anaheim, firing five shots on goal… Keep an eye on the team’s defence again. Ladislav Smid, Matt Greene and Jason Smith logged the majority of minutes on Friday and did fairly well. Danny Syvret also logged a lot of minutes on Friday (a career high 23:14) but with a touch of the flu tonight that may be scaled back slightly.
SHARKS TO WATCH: Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has found his game again after struggling earlier this season, almost out of necessity due to a Vesa Toskala injury. Nabokov broke a franchise record for shutout minutes last game, going 166:07 without allowing a goal until Vancouver’s Taylor Pyatt scored in the third period… Patrick Marleau leads the Sharks with 30 goals but last game snapped a six-game scoreless drought interrupted by injury. He hasn’t had more than one shot on goal in nine games but that goal against Vancouver just might be the catalyst to get his game back on track now that he’s healthy and ready to go.
My first game day thread and hopefully it brings the Oilers luck. Under 2 hours till game time.
__________________ "He just ate up Robyn Regehr for dinner, a spectacular play by Hemsky, and Robyn Regehr has got doo doo all over his face" - Rod Phillips call on Hemsky's goal vs the Flames
Man, I really hope MacT doesn't take Peterson away from the Sykora Lupul line, they have been absolute dynomite since united, on a side note, I hope he never re-unites the Winny-Reasoner-Thoreson line, as they were only our best line for most of their games together.