Programming note: Sharks-Flames coverage starts tonight at 5:30pm with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California.
Where they stand
Sharks: 14-12-0, 28 points, 2nd Pacific Division
Flames: 10-14-2, 22 points, 7th Pacific Division
Sharks: The Sharks dropped their third straight game on Saturday, 4-3 to the Lightning. All three of San Jose’s goals came on the power play, but Alex Stalock allowed four goals on 20 shots to suffer the loss. Since sweeping a six-game road trip the Sharks have lost four of their last five, and have zero even strength goals in their last three games.
Flames: Calgary won its second straight in thrilling fashion over the Bruins on Friday, 5-4, as Jiri Hudler scored with 1.2 seconds left and Johnny Gaudreau completed a hat trick in overtime. The Flames have won six in a row at home, where they remain for the next three, including tonight.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Logan Couture. The Sharks center is set to play for the first time since Oct. 13, missing the last 23 games with a fractured right fibula at the ankle. The 26-year-old alternate captain plays in every situation when healthy, so it will be worth monitoring if he's on the ice for power plays and penalty kills, along with his regular place between Patrick Marleau and Joel Ward at even strength. San Jose posted an 11-12 record without the former All-Star, who has 21 points (9g, 12a) in 21 career games versus the Flames.
Flames: T.J. Brodie. The Flames defenseman brings a three-game point streak into tonight’s game, with four assists over that span. He’s one of just four active Flames players with a plus rating (+1), while leading the team in average ice time (25:32 per game). He has 10 points (2g, 8a) in 17 games after missing the first three weeks of the season with a broken bone in his hand.
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Matt Nieto – Tomas Hertl – Tommy Wingels
Dainius Zubrus – Chris Tierney – Joonas Donskoi
Brenden Dillon – Justin Braun
Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Mirco Mueller – Matt Tennyson
Martin Jones (confirmed starter)
Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – David Jones
Sam Bennett – Markus Granlund – Jiri Hudler
Mason Raymond – Mikael Backlund – Michael Frolik
Michael Ferland –– Matt Stajan – Joe Colborne
Mark Giordano – T.J. Brodie
Dennis Wideman – Dougie Hamilton
Ladislav Smid – Deryk Engelland
Karri Ramo (confirmed starter)
Goals per game: 2.65 (13th)
Goals-against per game: 2.62 (18th)
Power play: 18.2 percent (18th)
Penalty kill: 80.7 percent (15th)
Goals per game: 2.46 (21st)
Goals-against per game: 3.58 (30th)
Power play: 12.2 percent (30th)
Penalty kill: 72.0 percent (30th)
Sharks: Ben Smith (concussion) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (lower body) are out.
Flames: Kris Russell (upper body) is day-to-day. Lance Bouma (broken fibula) is out.
The Sharks claimed a 5-2 win in the first meeting on Nov. 28 at SAP Center, including a pair of power play goals from Tomas Hertl and Patrick Marleau.
San Jose returns to the Saddledome on Jan. 11 and March 7, while the Flames play once more at SAP Center on Feb. 11.
Odds and ends
*The Sharks are 1-5 when missing a top four defenseman due to injury. They will play their second straight game without Marc-Edouard Vlasic, who will miss at least the next two games.
*The Sharks’ seven-game road winning streak was snapped in Anaheim on Friday. San Jose is 10-4 on the road, the second-best mark in the NHL (Dallas).
*Of the Flames 10 wins, only three have come in regulation. They are 6-1 in three-on-three overtime, and 1-1 in the shootout.