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Calgary Flames at San Jose Sharks game preview

It's a quick turnaround from the close loss against the Ducks, as the Flames are moving up the California coast for their first match against the San Jose Sharks.

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Road trip! The Calgary Flames are visiting the San Jose Sharks in game two of their three-game Pacific Division swing. It's a late one, with puck drop occurring at 8:30 p.m. MT, which means a finish around or past 11 p.m., so... get ready to stay up. Especially considering this team and its tendency to claw its way back from a deficit, which may or may not require overtime. Tune in and set your DVRs accordingly for Sportsnet West.

The Flames were last seen in the black hole that is Anaheim, where they are winless in 19 straight over 10 years because shut up, that's why. Weak goals from Jonas Hiller, bad bounces, and overall poor defensive efforts sunk the Flames in a 3-2 loss, but TJ Brodie and Jiri Hudler, via Sean Monahan and Mark Giordano, got Calgary on the board to at least make it interesting. Who doesn't love a goal with fewer than 30 seconds to go? | RecapBoxscore | Well, they made a game of it:

Brodie, post-game:

"Part of it's we play better in the third when we're down a goal because guys are less worried about making mistakes. They're trying to make plays. We're just getting on pucks quick and we gotta start doing that from the start of the game."

The Sharks, meanwhile, have had three days off following a 4-3 shootout loss to the Coyotes. That's following a 3-2 shootout loss to the Panthers, following a 4-1 loss to the Sabres, following a 2-0 win against the Hurricanes in a game they seriously shouldn't have won, following a 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets... These do not appear to be the Sharks we once knew, as they've only won four of 11 games in November thus far, and seem to be, well, pretty beatable.

The Flames are currently riding a two-game win streak against San Jose, but lost the three contests prior to that.

Recently, the Sharks traded defenceman Jason Demers to the Dallas Stars for Brenden Dillon. Dillon is younger and was once a teammate of Brodie's for Team Canada at the World Championships back in 2013.

The Sharks, like the Flames, are a team that has more tough guys than necessary. While John Scott is still around, they recently sent Adam Burish down to the AHL. We could see something similar happening in the Flames, as a number of prospects have earned their spots over certain Burish-like players...

For much more substantial information on the Sharks, visit Fear The Fin.

Game time: 8:30 p.m. MT

Channel: SNW

All-time record: The Flames are 62-48-8-4 against the Sharks, with a +31 goal differential. That's pretty good. Think Calgary will add to it tonight?

Common thread: Miikka Kiprusoff-- no, wait. Umm. Well, there's Devin Setoguchi, who once had a 31-goal season with the Sharks. Those days are long gone, though. Nowadays Setoguchi is a pointless and frequent healthy scratch who isn't likely to retain a place on the roster as players start coming off injured reserve. The 27-year-old has been outplayed by several Flames rookies and call ups.

Approaching milestones: It's game number 97 for Karri Ramo, and game number 99 for Monahan...

Current records and leaders

Calgary Flames San Jose Sharks
13-8-2: 28 points 10-9-4: 24 points
Pacific Division: 3rd Pacific Division: 5th
Western Conference: 5th Western Conference: 10th
Time on ice
Defence: TJ Brodie (25:10 per game)
Forward: Sean Monahan (19:03 per game)
Defence: Brent Burns (23:24 per game)
Forward: Joe Pavelski (19:48 per game)
Goals: Jiri Hudler
Sean Monahan
Dennis Wideman (8)
Assists: Mark Giordano (18)
Points: Mark Giordano (24)
Goals: Joe Pavelski (9)
Assists: Joe Thornton (13)
Points: Joe Thornton (20)
Shots on goal: Sean Monahan (62)
Shooting percentage: Jiri Hudler (25.8%)
Shots on goal: Joe Pavelski (81)
Shooting percentage: Joe Thornton (15.6%)
Faceoff Leaders
Sean Monahan (51.1%, 454 taken) Joe Thornton (55.8%, 308 taken)
Penalty minutes: Deryk Engelland (28)
Hits: Lance Bouma (66)
Blocked shots: Kris Russell (60)
Penalty minutes: Adam Burish (33)
Hits: Tommy Wingels (84)
Blocked shots: Justin Braun (41)
Corsi/Fenwick (ALL)
Corsi for%: Sean Monahan (54.61%, 23 GP)
Jiri Hudler (53.89%, 23 GP)
Fenwick for%: Sean Monahan (55.10%, 23 GP)
Jiri Hudler (53.80%, 18 GP)
Corsi for%: Joe Thornton (64.58%, 23 GP)
Joe Pavelski (61.53%, 23 GP)
Fenwick for%: Joe Thornton (63.32%, 23 GP)
Joe Pavelski (60.24%, 23 GP)

Possible starting lineups

Calgary Flames
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Curtis Glencross Sean Monahan David Jones
Johnny Gaudreau Markus Granlund Jiri Hudler
Michael Ferland Josh Jooris Paul Byron
Brandon Bollig Lance Bouma Sven Baertschi
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dennis Wideman
Ladislav Smid Deryk Engelland
Karri Ramo
Jonas Hiller

San Jose Sharks
Left Wing Center Right Wing
Patrick Marleau Joe Thornton Tomas Hertl
Matthew Nieto Logan Couture Joe Pavelski
Barclay Goodrow James Sheppard Tommy Wingels
Tye McGinn Andrew Desjardins Tyler Kennedy
Left Defense Right Defense
Brent Burns Marc-Edouard Vlasic
Justin Braun Mirco Mueller
Brenden Dillon Matt Tennyson
Antti Niemi
Troy Grosenick

Now, these lines aren't necessarily accurate. Especially the Flames lineup, since it's expected David Jones will be back in for this game. Jones' return to the roster means someone has to be sent down, and it could be someone who played last night - this exact same lineup - or one of the most frequent healthy scratches, Brian McGrattan or Setoguchi. All three players are right wingers, so it's certainly possible one of them is moved out of the way to make room for the default first line right winger.