Programming note – Sharks-Oilers coverage starts today at 7:00 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on NBC Sports California
The Oilers lead the best-of-seven series, three games to two
Game 1: Sharks 3, Oilers 2 (OT)
Game 2: Oilers 2, Sharks 0
Game 3: Oilers 1, Sharks 0
Game 4: Sharks 7, Oilers 0
Game 5: Oilers 4, Sharks 3 (OT)
Game 6: Saturday, April 22, Oilers @ Sharks (7:30 p.m.)
*Game 7: Monday, April 24, Sharks @ Oilers (TBD)
* - if necessary
PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES
***After they were obliterated in Game 4 at SAP Center, the Oilers responded with a 4-3 overtime win at home in Game 5 at Rogers Place on Thursday to put the Sharks on the brink. Edmonton outshot the Sharks 14-2 in the extra session, including David Desharnais’ winner at 18:15.
***The Sharks went 2-1 in elimination games last season, beating Nashville in the second round in Game 7 and the Penguins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, but losing Game 6 to Pittsburgh.
***Joonas Donskoi will be back in the lineup after he was a healthy scratch in Game 5. Timo Meier will come out.
“We went with our most experienced lineup here tonight [in an] elimination game,” Pete DeBoer said. “He’s been here before, he’s delivered for us before. He’s typically always bounced back after being sat down or demoted. I expect a big game out of him.”
Donskoi, who has one power play assist an a minus-three rating in four games, said: “I’m full of energy. Just try to bring my best game tonight and get some offensive zone time. ... I think I can be much better than I’ve been so far.”
***Since 2004, no NHL team has played more postseason games than the Sharks’ 143. The Sharks have made the playoffs in 12 of the last 13 seasons, and have been knocked out in the first round just three times in their last 11 appearances – 2009, 2012 and 2014.
***After combining for four goals and four assists in Game 4, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Brent Burns all failed to get on the scoresheet in Game 5. Burns’ delay of game penalty led to Mark Letestu’s key goal late in the second period, bringing the Oilers back to within 3-2.
***Although he recorded an assist in Game 5, ending a modest two-game scoreless streak, Connor McDavid is still looking for his first even-strength point in the series.
KEEP AN EYE ON...
Sharks: Marcus Sorensen. The rookie forward has been making a name for himself in the series, and now has points in back to back games after assisting on Mikkel Boedker’s goal in Game 5. The 25-year-old looks to be gaining chemistry with center Chris Tierney, making for an effective fourth line. While guys like Boedker and Joonas Donskoi have been scratched, Sorensen has remained in the lineup.
Oilers: David Desharnais. No player was more valuable to the Oilers’ Game 5 comeback than the pint-sized forward, who set up Oscar Kelfbom’s third period goal and then scored the overtime winner when he charged past Tomas Hertl. In 43 playoff games, Desharnais, acquired from Montreal just before the trade deadline, has 15 points (4g, 11a).
Patrick Marleau – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Jannik Hansen – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Melker Karlsson – Tomas Hertl – Joonas Donskoi
Marcus Sorensen – Chris Tierney – Mikkel Boedker
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko
Martin Jones (starter)
Drake Caggiula – Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl
Milan Lucic – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Jordan Eberle
Patrick Maroon – Mark Letestu – Zack Kassian
Benoit Pouliot – David Desharnais – Anton Slepyshev
Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson
Andrej Sekera – Kris Russell
Darnell Nurse – Matt Benning
Cam Talbot (starter)
Oilers: Tyler Pitlick (torn ACL) is out.
SHARKS PLAYOFF RECORD WHEN…
The Sharks are 1-10 all-time when trailing a series three games to two. They are 6-4 all-time in Game 7s.
The Sharks’ all-time record in a Game 6 is 6-17, including 3-7 at home.
“I thought we played a pretty good game. Maybe we sat back a little in the third. I thought we did a good job limiting their chances. They had one good shot they buried. Maybe we weren’t quite on the attack as much as the first two periods.” – David Schlemko, after Game 5