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Friday, November 15th (All times Eastern)

San Jose Sharks (12-2-5) at Edmonton Oilers (4-14-2), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks were mired in an extended winless drought earlier this month, but the club will shoot for a third straight win when they visit the struggling Edmonton Oilers in Friday's tilt at Rexall Place.

San Jose began the season with six straight wins and was 10-1-1 after 12 games. However, the Sharks went 0-1-4 over their next five games before notching recent road victories in Calgary and Vancouver.

The Sharks began a five-game swing with Sunday's shootout loss at Winnipeg before ending the slide with Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Flames. San Jose again needed overtime to earn its second straight win on Thursday, downing the Canucks by a 2-1 score.

Dan Boyle scored on the power play at 2:38 of OT to lift the Sharks past Vancouver. In the extra session, Henrik Sedin was called for hooking at 2:07 and the Sharks took advantage. Logan Couture faked a shot from the high slot and passed it over to the left circle for Joe Pavelski, who one-touched the pass over to the right where Boyle wristed it home.

Tomas Hertl scored with 65 seconds left in the third period to tie the game for the Sharks. Antti Niemi made 34 saves in the win.

"We weren't the better team tonight and we have been on the other end of that where we were the better team and found a way not to win it. Tonight we found a way to come back," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan said.

San Jose is now 7-1-3 on the road this season and will complete its swing Sunday in Chicago.

While San Jose tries to put its recent slump even further in the rearview, the Oilers are still trying to turn around their season-long woes.

With 10 points and a 4-14-2 record, Edmonton is ahead of only Buffalo in the overall NHL standings. The Oilers have just one win over their past 10 games (1-8-1) and have dropped four straight in regulation since posting their last victory on Nov. 5 at Florida.

The Oilers dropped three straight on the road after opening a four-game swing with the win over the Panthers. Edmonton returned home to face Dallas on Wednesday, but the home test failed to change the struggling club's fortunes, as the Stars notched a 3-0 win at Rexall Place. It was the third straight shutout loss on home ice for the Oilers.

Edmonton mustered only 22 shots on net Wednesday and Kari Lehtonen stopped every one of them. The scoring drought at Rexall Place marks the longest streak of consecutive home losses via shutout in franchise history.

"It's extremely frustrating not to put some in the back of the net," said Oilers captain Andrew Ference. "It's one of those games again where you can point to positives but at the end of the day, you don't get the job done and don't score and you lose the tight ones."

Devan Dubnyk stopped 23-of-24 shots in defeat for the Oilers, who have managed to score only two goals over their last five home games.

Edmonton will enter tonight's tilt with a home scoring drought of 182 minutes, 4 seconds. The club's last tally at Rexall Place came on a Justin Schultz goal in the third period of a 4-1 loss to Washington on Oct. 24.

The Oilers are 1-6-0 on home ice this season. Including this evening's game, Edmonton will play host in four of its next five tests.

San Jose has taken three straight, five of six and nine of its past 11 games in Edmonton and the Oilers have dropped four in a row overall in this series.

11/15 11:03:53 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
18th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
8th
PIT 7
MIL 6
 
8th
NYM 3
ATL 4
 
6th
TAM 14
NYY 1
 
Final
MIA 7
SEA 0
5th
TEX 5
CWS 1
 
5th
LOS 8
ARI 4
 
6th
COL 3
PHI 0
 
5th
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
Final
IND 93
ATL 101
 
1st
OKC 8
MEM 0
 
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
CLB 3
 
1st
COL 0
MIN 0
 
18th
NOR 1
DUR 1