Preview: Sharks take on Flames in San Jose

The San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames face off in their second of five meetings at the SAP Center in San Jose. The Flames are playing their second road game in 48 hours coming off a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes last night in Glendale, AZ. The Flames converted on three of their six power play opportunities and got a solid start from Brian Elliott, who made 25 saves for his first victory since October.

Sharks Return Home

The Sharks return home after a 3-1 road trip to the Eastern time zone, playing four games in six nights. Martin Jones started all four games as the Sharks won their first two shootouts of the season in Ottawa and Toronto then hung on for a 4-2 win in Montreal before dropping a 4-1 decision against the Blackhawks in the last game.

Pacific Division Race Is On

The race in the Pacific Division is a tight one as the season approaches the midway point. Only three points separating the Sharks and Flames with the Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim Ducks sandwiched between them. The Flames have surprised many with their record, especially considering the early struggles of Brian Elliott, who Calgary brought in from the St. Louis Blues this past offseason to steady their uneven play in net. However, it was journeyman Chad Johnson who has provided the best netminding for the Flames, and he is likely to get the start in San Jose.


Calgary Flames at San Jose Sharks

SAP Center – 7:30 p.m. PST

Broadcast channels – CSN-CA, SNW

Radio: Sharks Radio Network

2016-17 Season Series: 

November 3, 2016 –  Calgary Flames 3 San Jose Sharks 2

San Jose Sharks – 19-12-1 – 39 Points

Home Record: 10-4-0

Hot Players: Brent Burns

Key Injuries: Tomas Hertl

Projected Lines:


Patrick Marleau – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski

Mikkel Boedker – Logan Couture – Kevin Labanc

Timo Meier – Chris Tierney – Joonas Donskoi

Micheal Haley – Tommy Wingels – Melker Karlsson


Paul Martin – Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon – Dylan DeMelo

Starting Goaltender:

Martin Jones


Calgary Flames – 17-15-2 – 36 Points

Road Record: 10-6-2

Hot Players: Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau 

Key Injuries: Ladislav Smid 

Projected Lines:


Matthew Tkachuk – Mikeal Backlund – Michael Frolik

Johnny Gaudreau – Sam Bennett – Alex Chiasson

Kris Versteeg – Sean Monahan – Troy Brouwer

Michael Ferland – Matt Stajan – Garrett Hathaway


Mark Giordano – Dougie Hamilton

T.J. Brodie – Dennis Wideman

Jyrki Jokipakka – Deryk Engelland

Starting Goaltender:

Chad Johnson (Likely)

Chad Johnson (Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)
Chad Johnson (Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports)

Game Notes

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]1)[/miptheme_dropcap]Brent Burns continues his torrid point production and leads the Sharks with 13 goals and 30 points. The All-World defenseman has recorded at least a point (four goals, five assists) in his last eight games.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]2)[/miptheme_dropcap]Johnny Gaudreau returned from his early season holdout and struggled to get his bearings but now leads the Flames in scoring with 21 points in 23 games. The Salem, NJ native has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last 11 games.

(Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)
(Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]3)[/miptheme_dropcap]Chad Johnson has been a find for the Flames. His 2.22 goals-against average and .924 save percentage far exceed his teammate Brian Elliott’s poor 3.22 goals-against average and sub-.900 save percentage.

[miptheme_dropcap style=”normal” color=”#222222″ background=””]4)[/miptheme_dropcap]No team in the NHL has amassed more penalty minutes than the Calgary Flames with 425 minutes in the sin bin. The Sharks have the NHL’s third-best power play at home (25.5%) making a potential lopsided special teams match-up.