(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks aim to cap a season-high seven-game homestand with a fourth straight victory on Monday night as they take on the Edmonton Oilers.
The Sharks are 5-1-1 in their past seven games overall and shut out the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Saturday thanks to Antti Niemi's 31 saves.
Niemi recorded his fourth shutout of the season and 31st of his career as he topped his former club.
"He made some very tough saves in succession," Sharks coach Todd McLellan said about Niemi.
Joe Thornton and Melker Karlsson each had a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who are looking to record their longest winning streak since a season-high five-game run from Dec. 9-20.
San Jose is second in the Pacific Division with 60 points, 10 back of the first-place Anaheim Ducks and three up on both Vancouver and Calgary.
Tyler Kennedy missed a second game in a row on Saturday with a lower-body injury, while Tye McGinn exited early versus the Blackhawks with an undisclosed ailment. Both are questionable for this game.
Edmonton enjoyed a stretch of three victories in four games ahead of Saturday's meeting with the Calgary Flames, but failed to hold an early lead and allowed four third-period goals in a 4-2 defeat.
Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot scored in the first period for the Oilers, while Ben Scrivens made 29 saves in the setback.
"They just kept coming," Edmonton interim coach Todd Nelson said. "They never change their game and we got away from a few of the things that were working for us in the first."
Edmonton, last in the Western Conference with 35 points, was without forward Taylor Hall for a third game in a row due to a bruised left leg, but he hopes to return tonight. He is tied for the club lead with 18 assists and third with 29 points.
The Oilers have lost 10 of their past 12 versus the Sharks overall and five straight in San Jose.
Scrivens is 2-4-1 in his career versus the Sharks with a 3.13 goals against average and .909 save percentage in seven meetings, recording one shutout.
Niemi holds a career mark of 10-1-1 against the Oilers with a 2.45 GAA and .905 save percentage in 12 meetings.