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Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks Preview 1/11/2016 (40/82)

The Flames return from 3 days off to battle the Sharks for 2 very valuable points.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

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

Broadcast Schedule
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

The Calgary Flames come back from a long break to the visiting San Jose Sharks. Both teams have 40 points and are tied for 5th in the Pacific. Calgary dropped two valuable points to the Coyotes last Thursday and need these 2 to keep pace. Even though 2016 is still in it's infancy, the Flames need Division wins to keep pace in the Pacific. San Jose went 4-9 in the month of December and have started the new year off under .500 at 1-2. This the 3rd of 5 between these division foes with both teams earning a victory against each other this season. The Flames took the last game 4-2 on December 8th and would like to add a little space between themselves and the Sharks with a win tonight. Here's how they match-up:

Calgary Flames San Jose Sharks
19-19-2 Record 19-18-2
40 Points 40
5th Pacific (tie) Division 5th Pacific (tie)
9th West (tie) Conference 9th West (tie)
5-5 Last 10 Games 5-5
104 Goals For 108
123 Goals Against 108
Gaudreau (18) Goals Pavelski (21)
Gaudreau (40) Points Pavelski (40)
Ramo (.914) SV % Jones (.913)
30th (12.7%) PP 7th  (20.6%)
30th (74.2%) PK 11th (81.8%)

The Flames took the ice last Thursday and blew a chance to jump from 4th to 2nd place in the division with a 2-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. Once again, Johnny Gaudreau provided the offense and Karri Ramo did everything he was asked to do, but the Flames could only muster 1 goal. Here's the highlights:

The San Jose Sharks last played on Saturday night and absolutely wiped the ice with the Toronto Maple Leafs to the tune of 7-0.  The 7 goals on 31 shots were their highest output of the season.  Here's the highlights:

Calgary Flames Projected Lineup (these are the projected lines and can be changed any time before the puck drop)

Left Wing Center Right Wing
Johnny Gaudreau Sean Monahan Micheal Ferland
Sam Bennett Markus Granlund Josh Jooris
Lance Bouma Mikael Backlund David Jones
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Joe Colborne
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Dennis Wideman
Karri Ramo (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches: Mason Raymond, Ladislav Smid.

Injuries: Michael Frolik, Jiri Hudler.

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
Matthew Nieto Patrick Marleau Joel Ward
Melker Karlsson Logan Couture Joonas Donskoi
Tommy Wingels Chris Tierney Mike Brown
Left Defense Right Defense
Marc-Edouard Vlasic Justin Braun
Paul Martin Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon Dylan DeMelo
Martin Jones (s) Alex Stalock

Scratches: None

Injuries: Dainius Zubrus