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Calgary Flames vs San Jose Sharks Preview 2/10/2016 (51/82)

Gaudreau and Monahan are back in the lineup as the Flames begin a very important stretch of the season by heading to San Jose to battle the Sharks.

Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames @ San Jose Sharks, 10:30 PM ET, SAP Center, San Jose CA

Broadcast Schedule
TV: RSN, CSCA , SN 360
Radio: Sportsnet 960 The Fan

Well, the Flames survived one game without Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma on Tuesday night. Luckily the gang is back together as the Flames begin a critical trip West, beginning in San Jose with the Sharks. San Jose is game number 1 in a run that will most likely determine whether the Flames are going to make a run at the playoffs or make a run at the top pick in the NHL Draft Lottery. The Flames and Sharks last did battle on January 11th with the Sharks coming out on top 5-4, giving the Sharks a 2-1 lead in the season series. Calgary sits 5 points out of 8th in the West and 9 points behind the Sharks and they are getting close to every game being a must win. The Flames have had success in San Jose with a record of 32-29-4 in the Sharks home tank where they average 3 goals a game. All these Western Conference match-ups are huge at this point and getting this road trip off on the right foot in San Jose will be important. Here's how the teams match-up:

Calgary Flames San Jose Sharks
24-25-3 Record 28-20-4
51 Points 60
6th Pacific Division 2nd Pacific
10th West (tie) Conference 5th West
4-6 Last 10 Games 6-4
138 Goals For 149
151 Goals Against 138
Gaudreau (21) Goals Pavelski (25)
Gaudreau (49) Points Pavelski (52)
Ramo (.911) SV % Jones (.915)
30th (14.5%) PP 4th  (22.5%)
29th (76.6%) PK 17th (80.8%)

The Flames last played on Tuesday night in a game where one team traded 4 players and another benched 3 players. Calgary and Toronto both played like they were down players. The Flames managed to hang on for an uninspiring 4-3 win, but considering the circumstances, it was a good win. The rest of the team stepped up in Gaudreau, Monahan and Bouma's absence. The line of Sam Bennett, Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik continued their hot play helping the Flames get the win. Here's the highlights:

The Sharks last played on Tuesday night as well and took down the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0. Joe Thornton picked up 2 points with a goal and an assist and Martin Jones stopped all 33 shots on his way to a shut out. 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 Jiri Hudler
Sam Bennett Mikael Backlund Michael Frolik
Micheal Ferland Markus Granlund David Jones
Brandon Bollig Matt Stajan Josh Jooris
Left Defense Right Defense
Mark Giordano TJ Brodie
Kris Russell Dougie Hamilton
Deryk Engelland Ladislav Smid
Goalies
Karri Ramo (s) Jonas Hiller

Scratches: Joe Colborne, Jakub Nakladal, Lance Bouma, Dennis Wideman (susp)

Injuries: None

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

Scratches: None

Injuries: None