Oilers look to York for a spark against Sharks

Mike York is expected to make his debut for the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks.

York was acquired from the New York Rangers in a trade deadline deal on Tuesday for defencemen Tom Poti and forward Rem Murray.

In three seasons with the Rangers, York tallied 58 goals.

"We loved York's skill, but we also took into consideration that he never leaves anything in the gas tank when he is on the ice," said Edmonton general manger Kevin Lowe.

York was on New York's top line with Theo Fleury and Eric Lindros earlier this season, but has battled the flu and a 17-game goal drought.

Poit held out earlier this season and was booed by Oiler fans almost every time he touched the puck. However, Poti was impressive on the United States Olympic team and drew interest from at least half-dozen teams before the deadline.

Edmonton currently is 10th in the Western Conference and is looking to make the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

On Saturday, the Oilers snapped a four-game winless streak at home (0-2-2) with a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals. The victory was Edmonton's first here since a 4-1 triumph over Toronto on Jan. 26.

Instead of battling the Colorado Avalanche for the second seed in the Western Conference, the Sharks have to fend off the surging Los Angeles Kings for the Pacific Division crown.

On Monday, San Jose's lead was reduced to two points with a 3-2 home loss to the Kings. The Sharks are 4-5-1 this month.

After San Jose tied the game a careless double-minor high sticking penalty by captain Owen Nolan late in the third period led to the Kings' winning goal.

San Jose is unbeaten in its last eight meetings (5-0-3) with Edmonton but the first three meetings this season have been decided by one goal.