Mar 8, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau (12) warms up before the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars won 4-3 in the overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers

Home opener.

San Jose Sharks @ Edmonton Oilers

22 JAN 2013 – 8:00 PM MST / 10:00 PM EST

Lines

F

TAYLOR HALL / RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS / JORDAN EBERLE

NAIL YAKUPOV / SAM GAGNER / ALES HEMSKY

RYAN SMYTH / SHAWN HORCOFF / TEEMU HARTIKAINEN

MAGNUS PAAJARVI / ERIC BELANGER / LENNART PETRELL

D

NICK SCHULTZ / JUSTIN SCHULTZ

LADISLAV SMID / JEFF PETRY

RYAN WHITNEY / COREY POTTER

G

DEVAN DUBNYK

YANN DANIS

Scratches – Eager, Hordichuk, Fistric

Injured – Sutton (knee), Jones (eye), Khabibulin (hip), Peckham (hip / physically unable to play)

  • Sharks come in to Rexall Place after taking down the Flames 4-1 on Sunday.  Patrick Marleau finished with a pair of goals, and is tied with Logan Couture and Joe Thornton for team lead with 2 points a piece.
  • Edmonton was also victorious in their season opener, defeating Vancouver 3-2 in a shootout.  Ales Hemsky and Jordan Eberle lead the team with a goal a piece.
  • Ben Eager was kept out of practice on Monday after absorbing a couple of shots in a fight versus Vancouver’s Zack Kassian.  Coach Krueger gave Eager the day off on Monday as his face swelled up.  In place of Eager, Magnus Paajarvi is getting a go tonight.  Paajarvi’s last time in the Oilers lineup was February 25th, 2012 against Phoenix.
  • Antti Niemi was between the pipes for the Sharks in their 4-1 victory in Calgary.  Both he and Devan Dubnyk will look for their second wins of the season.
  • Edmonton will have to keep out of the box.  Six times they were down a man against the Canucks.  Luckily, they were 6/6 on the penalty kill.  Don’t know how many times the team will be able to knock off six penalties.  Let’s shoot for about half that number.

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