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Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks Preview 3/7/2016

The Flames are home after a grueling East coast road trip to take on division rivals the San Jose Sharks.



San Jose Sharks @ Calgary Flames, 9 PM ET, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, Alberta

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Flames are on a hot streak! Well, one in a row is better than dropping 7 in a row. Calgary snapped their longest skid of the season Saturday afternoon by beating the Penguins 4-2. The reward? Coming home to battle division rivals, the San Jose Sharks. The Flames and Sharks are even this year having split their 4 games so far. San Jose has outscored the Flames 16-15 and each game has been a high scoring affair. The Flames took the last contest 6-5 in a shoot out back on February 11th to tie the series up at 2. At home the Flames have an all time winning percentage of 56.9% and 53% in San Jose, so either way the Flames have had success against the Sharks. While the Flames did just snap 7 game skid, the Sharks are 3-1 in their last 4 and looking further cement their playoff status. Here’s how the teams match up:

Calgary Flames San Jose Sharks
27-34-4 Record 35-23-6
58 Points 76
7th Pacific Division 3rd Pacific
11th West Conference 6th West
2-8 Last 10 Games 6-4
175 Goals For 190
203 Goals Against 170
Gaudreau (24) Goals Pavelski (29)
Gaudreau (63) Points Thornton (62)
Ramo (.909) SV % Jones (.917)
28th (16.0%) PP 4th (22.1%)
30th (73.7%) PK 23rd (79.0%)

The Flames last played on Saturday in an early afternoon contest against the Penguins. Calgary gave a quick fluke goal, but were able to turn that misfortune into a goal of their own and never looked back. Joni Ortio finally earned his first win of the season by stopping 29 of 31 shots in the 4-2 win. Mikael Backlund continued his hot streak by getting a goal and an assist. The win snapped a 7 game losing streak. Here's the highlights:

The San Jose Sharks last took to the ice on Saturday and lost to the Canucks 4-2. This was their 3rd meeting of the two teams in the last week. San Jose got goals from Micheal Haley and Brent Burns in the loss, while James Reimer gave up 3 goals on 25 shots. Here’s the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lines (these are the projected line and can change at any time up until puck drops)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Michael Frolik
Lance Bouma Sam Bennett Joe Colborne
Micheal Ferland Mikael Backlund Garnet Hathaway
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Deryk Engelland Dougie Hamilton
Jakub Nakladal Jyrki Jokipakka
Jonas Hiller (s) Joni Ortio

Scratches: Dennis Wideman (Susp)

Injuries: Karri Ramo, Ladislav Smid

San Jose Sharks Projected Lineup (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Tomas Hertl Joe Thornton Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau Logan Couture Joonas Donskoi
Matthew Nieto Nick Spaling Joel Ward
Dainius Zubrus Chris Tierney Micheal Haley
Left Defense Right Defense
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Justin Braun
Paul Martin Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon Roman Polak
Martin Jones (s) James Reimer

Scratches: None

Injuries: Tommy Wingels, Melker Karlsson

by Mark Parkinson