Sharks-Flames at a glance
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Programming note: Sharks-Flames coverage gets under way tonight at 6 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet California.

Where they stand
Sharks: 11-6-4, 26 points, 3rd Pacific Division, 5th Western Conference
Flames: 8-8-4, 20 points, 4th Northwest Division, 13th Western Conference


Goals per game: 2.19 (28th)
Goals-against per game: 2.05 (3rd)
Power play: 17.4 percent (13th)
Penalty kill: 87.5 percent (4th)

Goals per game: 2.85 (11th)
Goals-against per game: 3.25 (28th)
Power play: 21.3 percent (7th)
Penalty kill: 78.6 percent (22nd)

Probable lines

Logan Couture - Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Tim Kennedy - Patrick Marleau – Ryane Clowe
James Sheppard - Scott Gomez – Bracken Kearns
Andrew Desjardins – Michael Handzus – Adam Burish

Matt Irwin – Dan Boyle
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Brad Stuart
Douglas Murray – Jason Demers

Antti Niemi
Thomas Greiss

Jiri Hudler – Roman Cervenka – Jarome Iginla
Alex Tanguay – Matt Stajan – Lee Stempniak
Curtis Glencross – Mike Cammalleri – Sven Baertschi
Brian McGrattan – Steve Begin – Blake Comeau

Mark Giordano – Jay Bouwmeester
Chris Butler – Dennis Wideman
T.J. Brodie – Derek Smith

Miikka Kiprusoff
Joey MacDonald

Keep an eye on…

Sharks: Scott Gomez. The center finally got on the board with a goal in his 15th game with the Sharks, and nearly won it in overtime, too, before he was called for a very questionable goalie interference penalty. If the Sharks are going to start getting some contributions from their bottom six forwards on a regular basis, Gomez will have to be a part of that.

Flames: Jiri Hudler. The former Red Wings forward missed the Sharks-Flames opening night matchup, but has five assists in his last two games, including two in a 4-2 win over Vancouver on Sunday. His 11 helpers tie him for the team lead with Alex Tanguay in that category. Hudler has seven points (2g, 5a) in 21 career games against the Sharks.

Last game

Sharks: The Sharks surrendered a 2-0 lead, but defeated the Vancouver Canucks in a shootout on Tuesday night at Rogers Arena, 3-2. Scott Gomez and Adam Burish scored their first goals of the season, while Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski converted on their shootout attempts. Antti Niemi made 36 saves in recording his 10th win.

Flames: Jarome Iginla broke a third period tie with his third goal in leading the Flames to a 4-2 win over Vancouver on Sunday. Making just his second NHL start, Danny Taylor made 29 saves to pick up the win in net. Mike Cammalleri scored twice, including an empty net goal in the final minute to put it away.


Sharks: Brent Burns (left leg), Marty Havlat (lower body) and Tommy Wingels (undisclosed) are out.

Flames: Mikael Backlund (sprained knee) and Paul Byron (fractured left hand) are on injured reserve.

Season series

The Sharks skated to a 4-1 win over Calgary on opening night for both teams on Jan. 20, led by a pair of goals by Patrick Marleau and one each from Dan Boyle and Marty Havlat. Antti Niemi made 31 saves.

Calgary visits HP Pavilion on April 5.


We need other scoring, there’s no doubt about it. One thing about it, we know scoring is going to come. We’re solid [defensively], and we know that area is taken care of.” – Scott Gomez, after the 3-2 shootout win over the Canucks on Tuesday