For the last time this season the Oilers faithful will flock to Rexall to watch the team. While it has been a long season chock-full of the usual turnstile of coaches, mismanagement, and losses, there is no doubt that Rexall will be loud tonight.
The San Jose Sharks are in town and their season has been poor as well. From their GM calling out their star player and said star player returning fire to missing the the post season for the first time 2002-03. With their head coach likely on the outs and their worst season in a decade coming to an end soon, the Sharks may be a deflated bunch when they hit the ice in Edmonton tonight.
• Laurent Brossoit will be making his NHL debut tonight. This season he has 49 games played tallying 22 wins, 21 losses, and 4 OT/SO losses. He has a 2.65 GAA and 0.916SV%. He spent 4 years with the Edmonton Oil Kings and will be back on familiar ice. I’m sure this will help calm the nerves and allow him be comfortable.
• Curtis Hamilton is also making his NHL debut. He and Brossoit are the 42nd and 43rd players to suit up for the Oilers this season (as per Jason Gregor via Twitter). Hamilton has 12 goals, 17 assists, and 29 points in 60 games. He will likely play on the third or fourth line.
• The Oilers come into tonight after a huge win against the Kings on Tuesday night. (See “A Win for the West”). They are .500 in their last 10.
• The Sharks are also .500 in their last 10.
The last time out the Oilers beat the Sharks 5 – 4 in a shootout in San Jose that saw 26 shooters before Rob Klinkhammer was able to seal the deal. Here’s the run-down of that shootout (via Hockey Reference), it is absolutely insane.
Oilers sign Todd McLellan during the first intermission. He spends the next two periods coaching the Oilers to a victory. Curtis Hamilton finds the twine to become the latest Oiler to score his first NHL goal this season.
Oilers ride the high of beating the Kings last game and play solid against the down-and-out Sharks. Brossoit plays well back on Rexall ice and holds the Sharks to minimal offence.
Oilers win 5 – 2.