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5 THINGS - FLAMES VS. SHARKS

The Flames host the Sharks at 7:00 p.m. MT

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson / CalgaryFlames.com

FLAMES (35-26-10: 80 pts.) vs. SHARKS (38-23-9: 85 pts.)

7:00 p.m. MT | TV: Sportsnet West | RADIO: Sportsnet 960 The FAN

Season Series: 0-1-1

All-Time Regular Season Series Record vs. San Jose: 61-44-8-6

Flames Home Record: 15-16-4

Sharks Road Record: 17-12-6

Current Leading Scorers:

Flames

Points: Johnny Gaudreau (80)

Goals: Sean Monahan (30)

Sharks

Points: Joe Pavelski (56)

Goals: Logan Couture (28)

1. US

The Flames are looking to build off their 1-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night. Johnny Gaudreau scored the game's lone goal and Mike Smith made 28 saves to collect his third shutout of the season ... Wednesday's win pushed the Flames up to 80 points on the year. They are now three points out of the second Wildcard spot in the West and four points out of third in the Pacific Division ... With his goal against Edmonton, Gaudreau has hit the 80-point mark on the season. He is now eighth in the NHL scoring race, trailing leader Nikita Kucherov by 11 points ... Kris Versteeg was activated from the injured reserve on Thursday, signalling the winger is close to returning from the lower body injury that held him out of the lineup for 49 games.
 

2. THEM

San Jose is coming off of a 4-3 overtime win in Edmonton on Wednesday, putting them into second place in the Pacific Division with 85 points through 70 games. Tomas Hertl scored twice, including the game-winner in extra time, in the victory. The forward now has 18 goals and 37 points on the year. Logan Couture and Brendan Dillon also scored while Martin Jones made 25 saves in the win ... The Sharks have played tight defensively this month, limiting their opponents to 30-or-less shots in six of their last seven games. Since Feb. 27, San Jose is has allowed the third lowest shot total in the NHL (184) and their 130 blocked shots ranks them fourth in the league in that stretch.
 

3. US vs. THEM

Tonight's tilt is the third of a four-game season series between the Flames and Sharks. San Jose has picked up two wins against Calgary, edging the Flames 3-2 in regulation on Dec. 14 and picking up a 3-2 shootout win on Dec. 28. The final game in the series takes place on Mar. 24 in San Jose.
 

4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

THIS: The Flames are on a roll, going 3-1-1 in their last five games. They're hitting the stride at the right time, with the schedule seeing them face divisional rivals over their next six games, giving them an excellent opportunity to climb into a playoff spot during the final stretch drive ... THAT: Johnny Gaudreau is on a five-game point streak, which has seen him score two goals and five assists. He is now five goals shy of 100 and is 11 assists away from 200 in his career ... THE OTHER: Gaudreau's 58 assists are the most in a season by a Flames skater since Alex Tanguay put up 59 helpers in the 2006-07 campaign.
 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

Flames: LW Johnny Gaudreau

Gaudreau is in the midst of quite the run, putting up seven points in his last five skates. He scored the game-winner against Edmonton on Wednesday, bringing him to 80-points on the year. In the two games he's played against the Sharks this season, the winger has one goal and nine shots on net.

Sharks: C Tomas Hertl

The forward potted two goals against the Oilers on Wednesday, bringing him to 18 on the year. He is now 3 goals shy of his career-high 21 that he netted back in the 2015-16 season. In his last five games, the 24-year-old has three points and 12 shots on net.

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