HIGHLIGHTS: Sharks roll past Edmonton with six-goal period
Nail Yakupov has four goals so far this season, including his first in the NHL against San Jose. (AP)
Programming note: Sharks-Oilers coverage gets underway today at 7 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live, only on Comcast SportsNet California.
Where they stand
Sharks: 6-0-0, 12 pts., 1st Pacific Division, 2nd Western Conference
Oilers: 4-2-0, 8 pts., 2nd Northwest Division, 5th Western Conference
Goals per game: 4.17 (2nd)
Goals-against per game: 1.67 (2nd)
Power play: 35.3 percent (1st)
Penalty kill: 81.5 percent (12th)
2.67 goals-per game (15th)
2.50 goals-against per game (10th)
Power play: 34.4 percent (2nd)
Penalty kill: 82.8 percent (11th)
Marleau – Thornton – Pavelski
Havlat – Couture – Clowe
Wingels – Handzus – Galiardi
Desjardins – Gomez – Burish
Vlasic – Stuart
Irwin – Boyle
Murray – Braun
Hall – Nugent-Hopkins – Eberle
Yakupov – Gagner – Hemsky
Smyth – Horcoff – Petrell
Harikainen – Belanger – Paajarvi
N. Schultz – J. Schultz
Smid – Petry
Whitney – Potter
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: The defense. Jason Demers declared himself ready to return yesterday from a fractured wrist, and Dan Boyle (flu) should also be back after sitting out Tuesday. The Sharks’ coaching staff will have a tough decision to make on who comes out of the lineup if they choose to insert either or both of those players.
[RELATED: Demers ready, but who will sit]
Oilers: Nail Yakupov. The electrifying rookie scored his first NHL goal on a power play in the first game against San Jose, and has a team-leading four this season. On a team with a handful of promising young players, the 19-year-old Russian may have the most potential of them all, and is a sure candidate for this year’s Calder Trophy.
Sharks: Logan Couture tied it late and the Sharks kept their record perfect with a 3-2 shootout win over Anaheim at home on Tuesday. San Jose jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal for Joe Pavelski, but struggled to generate any offensive chances for most of the game. Despite allowing a bad goal to Francois Beauchemin, Antti Niemi was outstanding in net in picking up his fifth win. Michal Handzus scored the only goal in the shootout.
Oilers: Nail Yakupov scored a power play goal in overtime to help the Oilers past the Coyotes on Wednesday night, 2-1, on the first of a three-game road trip. Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves, allowing only Nick Johnson’s goal late in regulation, and Lennart Petrell scored his first of the season in the first period.
Sharks: Brent Burns (lower body) is on injured reserve. Dan Boyle (flu) is probable.
Oilers: Ryan Jones (eye surgery), Andy Sutton (knee surgery) and Ben Eager (concussion) are on injured reserve.
The Sharks scored six first period goals on their way to a 6-3 win at Rexall Place on Jan. 22 in their second game this season. Patrick Marleau (2g, 1a), Logan Couture (2g, 1a) and Joe Thornton (3a) all had three-point nights, and Dan Boyle and Marc-Edouard Vlasic also put the puck past goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who gave way to Yann Danis to start the second. Antti Niemi made 26 saves in net, but allowed the first career goals to rookies Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov.
The teams meet for the third and final time in Edmonton on March 20.
“I have fun with it. It’s a fun part of the game to me. Obviously, you want to be the guy to be there. I have a couple moves, and it seems they’re working.” – Michal Handzus on his career success in the shootout