SHARKS (1-0-0) AT OILERS (1-0-0)
TV: TSN, CSN-CA
Season series: This is the first of three meetings between the teams. They split four games last season, with each decided by one goal. Both Oilers wins came via the shootout.
Big Story: This should be an interesting matchup between San Jose's veteran talent against the Oilers' youth brigade.
Taken by the Sharks with the third pick of the 1998 NHL Draft, he spent his first six seasons in San Jose, and then was re-acquired from the Detroit Red Wings in June.
"It felt good. It was strange, but it was good," Stuart told CSNBayArea.com on Monday. "I was excited about it, and to get that first game out of the way is nice. I'll start to feel a little more comfortable, I think, now that we've all gotten back to the swing of things."
He said he also enjoyed playing alongside Vlasic.
"He's a good, smart defenseman, and those are always the easiest guys to play with," Stuart said. "It will take us a few games to kind of learn how to read off of each other a little bit better, but I think for the most part it's been good."
Oilers: For his first game as a full-time NHL coach, Ralph Krueger wasn't very nervous. In fact, he said his first game, a 3-2 win in Vancouver on Sunday, was easier than some of his previous coaching jobs.
"I'm used to coaching [international] teams where everything is a one-off, where you would coach at the Olympics or the world championship, and you had to win every game, whether it was France or Belarus," he told the Edmonton Journal. "This is 48 games. I was very calm and relaxed."
Krueger had filled in for former coach Tom Renney last season after Renney's father died and when he sustained a concussion, but now it's his team, and his systems. Well, at least some of them.
"We have a new specialty team," Krueger said. "That's all Freddie [Chabot, goalie coach]," Krueger said.
Who's hot: Sharks forward Patrick Marleau started the season the right way, scoring a pair of goals in San Jose's season-opening 4-1 win in Calgary on Sunday.
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