Programming note – Sharks-Oilers coverage starts today at 6:30 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on NBC Sports California
Game 1: Wednesday, April 12, Sharks @ Oilers (7 p.m.)
Game 2: Friday, April 14, Sharks @ Oilers (7:30 p.m.)
Game 3: Sunday, April 16, Oilers @ Sharks (7 p.m.)
Game 4: Tuesday, April 18, Oilers @ Sharks (7 p.m.)
*Game 5: Thursday, April 20, Sharks @ Oilers (TBD)
*Game 6: Saturday, April 22, Oilers @ Sharks (TBD)
*Game 7: Monday, April 24, Sharks @ Oilers (TBD)
* - if necessary
PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES
***This is the first matchup between the Sharks and Oilers since 2006, when Edmonton beat San Jose in six games in the second round. The Oilers’ 10-season drought was the longest in the league.
***The Sharks will attempt to become the first team to reach the Stanley Cup Final in consecutive seasons since the Red Wings and Penguins met in consecutive seasons in 2008 and 2009.
***Edmonton won the season series, beating the Sharks in the final three meetings after San Jose claimed the first two. The Oilers won their final nine home games of the regular season, and 12 of 14 overall. The Sharks lost eight of nine in regulation from March 16 – 31, but won three of their final four.
KEEP AN EYE ON...
Sharks: Joonas Donskoi. The Sharks’ forward didn’t have a great regular season, with just 17 points (6g, 11a) in 61 games while battling through some injuries. In his first career playoff run last year, Donskoi was a part of some huge goals, posting 12 points (6g, 6a) in 24 games. He’ll look to recapture that magic starting tonight.
Oilers: Oscar Klefbom. The big defenseman posted a career-high four assists against the Sharks on April 4, and showed the potential to be a future number one blueliner after a breakout season in which he posted 38 points (12g, 26a) in 82 games.
Melker Karlsson – Logan Couture – Joe Pavelski
Jannik Hansen – Tomas Hertl – Mikkel Boedker
Joonas Donskoi – Patrick Marleau – Joel Ward
Marcus Sorensen – Chris Tierney – Timo Meier
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko
Martin Jones (starter)
Patrick Maroon – Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Drake Caggiula – Mark Letestu – Zack Kassian
Benoit Pouliot – David Desharnais – Iiro Pakarinen
Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera – Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse – Matt Benning
Cam Talbot (starter)
Sharks: Logan Couture (mouth) and Joe Thornton (left knee) are questionable.
Oilers: Tyler Pitlick (torn ACL) is out.
SHARKS PLAYOFF RECORD WHEN…
The Sharks are 17-15 all-time in Game 1 of a playoff series, and 9-8 on the road.
The Sharks are 11-6 all-time in a playoff series when leading one-game-to-none, and 4-11 all-time when losing Game 1.
“I don’t think you can predict what kind of series it’s going to be. Some series you go out and three games it’s all just beating up on each other, [then] it turns into a skilled game for a game, then it goes back to hitting. You don’t know what you’re going to get night in and night out. You’ve got to be ready for anything.” – Justin Braun