Having spent the last seven seasons as the head coach in San Jose, it wasn’t surprising to see Todd McLellan get a bit emotional prior to tonight’s Oilers-Sharks game at SAP Center.
“Man, there’s a lot. A lot of really, really good ones,” McLellan said when asked about his favorite memories, per CSN Bay Area. “Those are the ones that you want to cherish. I remember the players more than anything, and the people I worked with, [general manager] Doug [Wilson] and [assistant general manager] Joe Will and that staff.
“We had some real good years with the players, in particular.”
Tonight’s tilt will be McLellan’s second against his old team. The first, back on Dec. 9 at Rexall, ended well for Edmonton — Taylor Hall scored in overtime to give the Oilers a dramatic 4-3 win.
Much has changed since then, however.
Edmonton has struggled lately, losers in each of the last three, though it did get a point from Tuesday’s overtime defeat in Arizona.
The Sharks, meanwhile, are surging.
Peter DeBoer’s club has won three straight while exploding offensively. The Sharks have scored 16 goals during their win streak, with points coming from everywhere. While Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski have been clicking as per usual, some secondary scorers are finally starting to chip in.