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GameThread: Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks

As we near the 30-game mark, a win tonight would help the Flames climb closer to the top of the division.



San Jose Sharks
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Tomas Hertl Joe Thornton Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau Logan Couture Tommy Wingels
Barclay Goodrow James Sheppard Tyler Kennedy
John Scott Andrew Desjardins Mike Brown
Left Defense Right Defense
Justin Braun Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Brent Burns Brenden Dillon
Scott Hannan Matt Irwin
Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock
Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Curtis Glencross Sean Monahan David Jones
Johnny Gaudreau Josh Jooris Jiri Hudler
Michael Ferland Markus Granlund Paul Byron
Lance Bouma Matt Stajan Brian McGrattan
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Ladislav Smid Rafa Diaz
Karri Ramo
Jonas Hiller

It was against the Sharks that the Flames' four-game winning streak started, along with Ramo's reign. Ramo isn't letting go of the starter's reins just yet, nor should he; so hopefully, the winning ways continue.

Stajan makes his return to the lineup after suffering an injury back on Oct. 28. That pushes Sven Baertschi out, which, considering his rather consistent banishment to the fourth line throughout his call up, isn’t surprising.

The Flames’ lineup isn’t at optimal value, but it’s close. With Diaz taking Deryk Engelland’s spot (and it’s worth noting that Engelland isn’t injured, Hartley just wants to keep everyone fresh and playing – and it’s doubly worth noting that every time he says this to get Diaz in, it’s Engelland who sits, every single time), the Flames just have one goon (the last-minute switch of McGrattan for Brandon Bollig) in the lineup, compared to… well…

Let's just say that even without it being as good as it could be, the Flames are dressing a higher quality fourth line than the Sharks. So. Go Stajan!

by Ari Yanover