Programming note:Sharks-Flames coverage gets underway at 6:30 p.m. on CSN California with Sharks Pregame Live
Where they stand
Sharks: 27-17-7, 61 points, 2nd Pacific Division
Flames: 28-20-3, 59 points, 4th Pacific Division
Sharks: The Sharks ended their season-long seven-game homestand with a 5-4 shootout loss to Edmonton on Monday. Joe Pavelski had two goals and one assist to lead San Jose, which couldn’t collect the extra point in a 13-round shootout. Joe Thornton had three assists in the loss, while defensemen Matt Tennyson and Scott Hannan also scored as San Jose is now 5-1-2 in its last eight. The Sharks visit Vancouver tomorrow night to cap a brief road trip.
Flames: Calgary won for the seventh time in its last nine, beating the Jets on Monday at home, 5-2. Five different Flames scored goals, and 12 different players recorded at least a point in the win. The Flames are playing in the fifth game of a six-game homestand tonight, where they are 14-10-2.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Joe Thornton. The former captain skated in the middle of the Sharks’ only effective line against the Oilers, and brings a six-game point streak into tonight’s game with two goals and eight assists for 10 points over that span. He hasn’t done much against the Flames in the three games of the season series so far, though, with one power play goal and -3 rating, so he’ll likely have to be better for San Jose to prevail.
Flames: T.J. Brodie. One-half of the Flames’ top defense pair (with Mark Giordano), Brodie has compiled 30 points (8g, 22a) in 51 games and is second in the NHL with a +26 rating. He has two assists and is a +3 in three games vs. the Sharks, and has five multi-point games this season.
Goals per game: 2.76 (14th)
Goals-against per game: 2.65 (18th)
Power play: 21.3 percent (8th)
Penalty kill: 82.0 percent (14th)
Goals per game: 2.86 (10th)
Goals-against per game: 2.55 (11th)
Power play: 17.1 percent (21st)
Penalty kill: 77.3 percent (26th)
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Matt Nieto
Tomas Hertl – James Sheppard – Daniil Tarasov
John Scott – Andrew Desjardins – Tyler Kennedy
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Matt Tennyson
Matt Irwin – Scott Hannan
Alex Stalock (confirmed starter)
Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Jiri Hudler
Lance Bouma – Mikael Backlund – David Jones
Mason Raymond – Josh Jooris – Joe Colborne
Brandon Bollig – Matt Stajan – Paul Byron
Mark Giordano – T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell – Dennis Wideman
Raphael Diaz – Deryk Engelland
Jonas Hiller (confirmed starter)
Sharks: Tye McGinn (upper body), Justin Braun (left hand), Tommy Wingels (left hand), Raffi Torres (right knee) and Mike Brown (broken right fibula) are out.
Flames: Mikael Backlund (illness) is probable. Curtis Glencross (lower body), Ladislav Smid (upper body), and David Wolf (leg) are out.
The Sharks are 1-1-1 in the season series vs. Calgary. In the most recent meeting, Sean Monahan’s overtime marker gave the Flames a 4-3 win at SAP Center on Jan. 17.
The currently injured Justin Braun leads all Sharks scorers with four points (1g, 3a) against Calgary, while Logan Couture has two goals. Jiri Hudler’s three goals and four points leads the Flames.
The Sharks have yet to face Jonas Hiller this season, while Antti Niemi has started and finished all three games vs. Calgary.
Odds and ends
*The Sharks recalled forward Chris Tierney from Worcester on Wednesday morning, and placed forward Tye McGinn on injured reserve.
*Likely Sharks starter Alex Stalock is 1-1-1 with a 1.94 GAA and .913 SP career vs. Calgary.
*Jonas Hiller is 8-10-2 with a 2.32 GAA and .928 SP in 21 career games vs. the Sharks.
*Joe Pavelski is tied with Alex Ovechkin for first in the NHL with 14 power play goals.
*Matt Tennyson has a three-game point streak (1g, 2a).
*Calgary leads the NHL with 66 goals in the third period.
*Calgary has been shorthanded just 119 times, the fewest in the league, and has surrendered just three power play goals against in its last 10 games.
*The Sharks are 21-for-23 on the penalty kill in their last nine games.
“It’s already getting kind of heated up. Kind of a cliché, but a ‘four-point game’ is something that’s going to be flying around here pretty soon.” – James Sheppard