Programming note: Flames-Sharks coverage gets underway at 7:00 p.m. on CSN California with Sharks Pregame Live
Where they stand
Sharks: 28-19-7, 63 points, 2nd Pacific Division
Flames: 29-21-3, 61 points, 4th Pacific Division
Sharks: The Sharks fought back from a 3-1 third period hole, but Andrej Sekera’s third period goal with less than five minutes left helped the Hurricanes to a 5-4 win in San Jose on Saturday. Tomas Hertl scored twice, Patrick Marleau had one goal and one assist, and rookie Chris Tierney posted his second straight multiple-point game with a pair of helpers in the loss. The Sharks conclude a three-game homestand with Washington on Wednesday and visit Arizona on Friday to close out the week. The Sharks are 4-3-2 in their last nine games.
Flames: The Flames were shut out by Pittsburgh at the Saddledome on Friday night, 4-0, ending their three-game winning streak. Jonas Hiller allowed four goals on 24 shots before he was pulled for Karri Ramo in the third period. Calgary visits the Kings later this week before opening up a four-game homestand on Saturday with Vancouver.
Keep an eye on…
Sharks: Tomas Hertl. The 21-year-old Sharks forward had his best offensive game of 2014-15 on Saturday, scoring twice in a game for the first time this season. He seemed to find success with Chris Tierney at center, and it looks like that’s how the Sharks will start against the Flames, with Tommy Wingels on the other wing. It’s been a frustrating season for Hertl so far, but maybe he can find his game for the stretch run.
Flames: Jiri Hudler. The Flames forward has at least one point in each of the five games with the Sharks this season, including four goals, and his 17 points vs. San Jose is the most of anyone on Calgary’s roster. Two of his three power play goals this season have come in games with San Jose. The 31-year-old is second in the NHL with 23 points in games vs. division rivals.
Goals per game: 2.80 (13th)
Goals-against per game: 2.67 (18th)
Power play: 20.9 percent (8th)
Penalty kill: 81.8 percent (16th)
Goals per game: 2.81 (12th)
Goals-against per game: 2.55 (10th)
Power play: 17.0 percent (23rd)
Penalty kill: 78.4 percent (25th)
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau – Logan Couture – Matt Nieto
Tomas Hertl – Chris Tierney – Tommy Wingels
Andrew Desjardins – James Sheppard – Tyler Kennedy
Scott Hannan – Brent Burns
Mirco Mueller – Brenden Dillon
Matt Irwin – Matt Tennyson
Antti Niemi (confirmed starter)
Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Jiri Hudler
Lance Bouma – Mikael Backlund – David Jones
Curtis Glencross – Matt Stajan – Mason Raymond
Paul Byron – Josh Jooris – Joe Colborne
Mark Giordano – T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell – Dennis Wideman
Raphael Diaz – Deryk Engelland
Jonas Hiller (confirmed starter)
Sharks: Marc-Edouard Vlasic (upper body), Tye McGinn (upper body), Justin Braun (left hand), Raffi Torres (right knee), Mike Brown (broken right fibula) and Daniil Tarasov (undisclosed) are out.
Flames: Ladislav Smid (upper body) and David Wolf (leg) are out.
Calgary has won three of the four games in the season series vs. San Jose entering tonight’s fifth and final meeting. In the most recent battle five days ago, the Flames claimed a 3-1 win at the Saddledome in which John Scott’s goal was the only offense the Sharks could muster.
The Sharks are 43-49-8-6 all-time vs. Calgary. The Flames have won five of the last six overall, including the two meetings this season at SAP Center.
Odds and ends
*The Sharks placed Marc-Edouard Vlasic on injured reserve and recalled defenseman Dylan DeMelo from Worcester on Sunday.
*Daniil Tarasov was placed on injured reserve on Monday morning.
*Logan Couture has 18 points (8g, 10a) in 18 career games vs. Calgary.
*Todd McLellan has 299 career wins as an NHL head coach. A win tonight in his 511th game would make him the second-fastest NHL coach to reach the mark (Bruce Boudreau).
*Calgary leads the NHL with 11 four-on-four goals.
*The Flames led the NHL with a +31 goal differential in the third period, and their 66 goals are tied with Tampa Bay for most in the league.
“I think I'm more confident with the puck. I have better knowledge of the systems, and I feel more confident and stronger down low making plays." – Chris Tierney