(SportsNetwork.com) – The Edmonton Oilers avoided tying the franchise’s
longest home losing streak the last time out. Dallas Eakins’ team now takes
aim at its first road win in a month when the Oilers visit San Jose on Tuesday
for the finale of a home-and-home series.
Edmonton halted several skids in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph over the visiting
Sharks. The Oilers snapped an 11-game overall slide with the close win and
also ended an 0-7-1 slide as the host. Edmonton picked up its first home
victory since beating Montreal on Oct. 27 and avoided matching a club-record
nine-game home skid set from Oct. 16-Nov. 24, 1993.
The Oilers stopped their overall 0-7-4 skid two losses shy of tying the club’s
13-game losing streak, which was set from Dec. 31, 2009-Jan. 30, 2010.
The recent win over the Sharks also marked Edmonton’s first victory of the
season against a Western Conference opponent. The Oilers are now 1-12-4 within
The Oilers haven’t won on the road since beating the New York Rangers on Nov.
9. Edmonton has lost five straight as the guest since that positive decision
in the Big Apple, falling to 2-6-4 on the road this season. That win over the
Rangers was Edmonton’s last before ending its lengthy slide against the
Edmonton beat the Sharks for just the second time in 10 meetings on Saturday,
as David Perron scored the deciding goal in the third period of the 2-1 win at
Perron beat Alex Stalock with a wrist shot from the right circle to give
Edmonton a 2-1 edge with 9:34 remaining in regulation. The shot deflected off
San Jose defenseman Brenden Dillon and into the net for Perron’s fourth goal
of the season.
Nail Yakupov also tallied a power-play goal in the second period for the
Oilers and Ben Scrivens turned aside 20-of-21 shots for the win.
“This doesn’t mean a lot if we’re not going to stick to it,” said Scrivens.
“We have to replicate that kind of effort night after night.”
Scrivens could get the call again tonight after beating the Sharks for the
first time in his career. He is 1-2-1 with a 2.96 goals against average in
four lifetime appearances against San Jose.
After completing this set against the Sharks, Edmonton will begin another
home-and-home series tomorrow night when it visits Anaheim. The Ducks and
Oilers will then meet at Rexall Place on Friday.
Tye McGinn provided San Jose’s lone goal on Saturday, as the Sharks had a
four-game winning streak snapped. Patrick Marleau assisted on the goal to
extend his point streak to five games.
Stalock made 22 saves in the loss. It was his first outing since suffering a
knee injury on Nov. 8
“He was sharp, he made some real good saves in the first period when we needed
him,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said of Stalock. “He gave us a chance to get
to the [intermission] and regroup. He looked comfortable and didn’t fatigue at
all. There were a lot of positives in his game.”
Antti Niemi is expected to be back between the pipes for the Sharks tonight.
He is 9-1-1 with a 2.40 GAA in 11 lifetime games against the Oilers.
San Jose is 7-4-2 as the host this season and is beginning a five-game
Edmonton has lost three straight and eight of its last 10 at the Shark Tank.