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Preview: Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks 2/3/20 (54/82): Flames Look To Get Back On Track Against San Jose

A rough Sharks team comes to the Saddledome Tuesday night.



Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks, 7:00 PM MT, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary AB

TV: SNW – Radio: Sportsnet 960

Calgary Flames 27-20-6 (60 pts) – San Jose Sharks 22-27-4 (48 Points)

NHL Standings

The Flames will look to put the last week or so behind them and start anew with a visit from the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night. Calgary is licking their wounds and collecting their pride after being curb stomped by the Edmonton Oilers Saturday night to the tune of 8-3. It’s high time the Flames put the antics and nonsense aside and just start playing hockey. There are only 28 games left in the regular season and the Flames really need to decide what team they want to be. However, that statement seems like dejavu. We’ve been saying that all season long and we still have no real idea what kind of team this is. The only thing we are sure of is Calgary tends to fold in big games and their top players don’t produce when the spotlight shines the brightest. Tonight’s opponent isn’t a bottom dweller, but they aren’t world beaters either. San Jose plays a physical game and you know a player like Evander Kane has been watching the Flames try and flex their muscles.

The Sharks are playing for pride at this point, having lost seven of their last 10, including two in a row. The San Jose offence is almost non-existent lately, scoring only 10 goals in their seven losses. The Sharks are 27th in the NHL in GF with 134, giving them a goal differential of -42. Their 176 GA is 3rd worst in the league so far this season. Compounding matters is the fact that Tomas Hertl (6 goals in last five game) was place on IR recently. And when they aren’t scoring, they’re spending time in the penalty box. San Jose is horrendously undisciplined with 585 PIM which good for the #2 spot in the NHL. Evander Kane is tops with 100 PIM and as a team they’ve collected 12 fighting majors.

Do you see all that Calgary Flames? This is a game where you are going to be baited into doing stupid things, don’t. That’s how a team like San Jose gets you off your game and ends up walking out of the Saddledome with a cheap victory. Remarkably the Flames and Sharks have only met once this season, back on Oct 11th, with San Jose beating the Flames 3-1. Calgary has struggled at home lately against San Jose, dropping three out of the last four games at the Saddledome.

Starting Goalies

Flames: Rittich (Expected) 20-13-5, 2.87 GAA, .910 SV%

Sharks: Dell (Expected) 9-10-2, 2.82 GAA, .911 SV%

Team Leaders

Flames – Goals: Lindholm (22), Points: Tkachuk (42), PIM: Tkachuk (56), Save%: Talbot (.919)

Sharks – Goals: Kane (19), Points: Karlsson (37), PIM: Kane (100), Save%: Dell (.911)

What’s Happening With The Opposition?

San Jose Sharks Coverage: Fear The Fin

Last Time Out

Calgary Flames 3 – Edmonton Oilers 8

San Jose Sharks 0 – Tampa Bay Lightning 3

Players To Watch

Calgary Flames

Andrew Mangiapane (F): 3 points in last 2 games

San Jose Sharks

Patrick Marleau (C): 2 goals in last 3 games

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by Mark Parkinson