OILERS (4-2-0) at SHARKS (6-0-0)
TV: SNET-EDM, CSN-CA
Season series: This is the second of three meetings between the teams. San Jose scored six first-period tallies in a 6-3 win at Edmonton on Jan. 22.
Big story: With Chicago losing in a shootout at Minnesota on Wednesday night, the Sharks are now the only undefeated team remaining in the NHL. They’ll look to make it seven in a row against the high-flying Oilers.
Oilers: Nail Yakupov’s exciting start to his NHL career continued Wednesday night, as he beat Chad Johnson via the power play at 3:52 of overtime to lift Edmonton to a 3-2 victory at Phoenix. It was Yakupov’s team-leading fourth goal of the season and his first game-winner.
"It's another big goal for Nail. He seems to have a knack for scoring big goals,” Oilers forward Sam Gagner said. “He finds a way all the time. It's impressive."
Sharks: San Jose continued its winning ways Tuesday night, when it skated away with a 3-2 shootout victory against the Anaheim Ducks at HP Pavilion. The Sharks erased a 2-1 deficit with just 2:45 remaining in regulation on Logan Couture’s fourth goal of the season.
"We got to be excited that we put points in the bank and we were able to come back, but we have to tell it like it was," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. "They were the better team. Didn't feel real good tonight with the flow of the game, with the management of players. Opportunities to execute, but we didn't do it. It was a frustrating night, but at least we found a way to win."
Who’s hot: Oilers winger Taylor Hall has a goal and seven assists in six games, while Sam Gagner is 2-5-7 and Jordan Eberle is 3-3-6. … Sharks forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are tied for the League lead with 14 points through the first six contests, while Joe Pavelski is 3-8-11 and Couture is 4-5-9.
Injury report: Edmonton has numerous players on IR, including Ben Eager (concussion), Ryan Jones (eye), Theo Peckham (hip and Andy Sutton (knee). … Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (lower body) is skating and could be close to making his season debut. Forward Jason Demers is out with a wrist injury.
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