The Oilers look to extend their unbeaten streak to seven games and move into a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference as they host the Sharks in the second-to-last regular season game for both teams.
Edmonton is two points behind Minnesota, which plays at Toronto on Thursday.
Unbeaten in their last six (4-0-2), and with just one loss in nine (6-0-2-1), the Oilers have not lost in regulation since March 13, a 5-2 defeat to the New York Islanders.
Edmonton is coming off two straight road ties—4-4 at Chicago on Sunday, and 5-5 at St. Louis on Monday. Ethan Moreau scored with 1:52 left in regulation against the Blues, getting Edmonton’s third goal of the third period for the tie.
“To get a point in this building without a full lineup, against a pretty hungry team, is big for us,” Moreau said after the Oilers rallied from two two-goal deficits in the final period.
It was the second big recovery in two days for the Oilers, who came back from a 4-1 deficit against the Blackhawks.
One year after winning the Pacific Division, the Sharks are assured of finishing with their worst record since 1996-97—the last season they missed the playoffs.
They extended their road winless streak to eight games (0-6-1-1) with a 2-2 tie at Calgary on Wednesday. Patrick Marleau and Mark Smith scored for San Jose, which has won just once in its last six overall (1-3-1-1).
The Sharks close the season at home against Phoenix on Sunday, while the Oilers host Calgary on Saturday in their finale.
STANDINGS: Sharks - 71 points, 5th place, 38 PB, Pacific Division. Oilers - 91 points, 4th place, 13 PB, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Sharks - Marco Sturm, 28 goals; Vincent Damphousse, 36 assists; Teemu Selanne, 61 points; Todd Harvey, 74 PIM. Oilers - Ryan Smyth, 26 goals and 60 points; Todd Marchant, 40 assists; Moreau, 112 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through April 1): Sharks - Power play: 17.8 percent (64 for 360), 11th in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.8 percent (279 for 337), 19th. Oilers - Power play: 14.6 percent (55 for 376), 19th. Penalty killing: 80.5 percent (276 for 343), 30th.
SEASON SERIES: Even, 1-1-1.
LAST MEETING: March 4; Oilers, 2-1. At Edmonton, Alberta, Marchant broke a 1-1 tie with 5:46 left as Edmonton snapped its nine-game winless streak.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Sharks - 11-21-3-5 on the road; Oilers - 20-11-4-4 at home.