A STOP IN SAN JOSE
Tonight's game is the fifth and final match-up between the Flames and San Jose Sharks this year. The Flames are 3-1-0 against the Sharks in the regular season, outscoring the Sharks 12-10 in those four skates. Matthew Tkachuk leads Calgary with three goals and six points against San Jose this year.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS VS. SAN JOSE
Michael Stone, as a member of the Arizona Coyotes, scored his first NHL goal against the Sharks on Mar. 10, 2012.
Tkachuk's first multi-goal game came in San Jose on Nov. 3, 2016.
FLAMES CAREER LEADERS VS. SAN JOSE
Games Played - Mark Giordano (38)
Goals - Troy Brouwer, Sean Monahan (7)
Assists - Giordano (16)
Points - Giordano (20)
Penalty Minutes - Giordano (32)
Wins - Brian Elliott (6)
On Saturday morning, the Flames assigned goaltender Jon Gillies to the Stockton Heat and summoned David Rittich. It is the Czech netminder's first NHL recall after signing a one-year contract with Calgary on Jun. 13, 2016. In his first season with the Heat, Rittich holds a 14-11-1 record with a 2.30 GAA and a .921 save percentage. His five shutouts rank second in the American Hockey League.
TIP-TOP SPECIAL TEAMS PLAY
Since Mar. 1, the Flames hold the best penalty kill in the NHL, operating at a 90.0 percent efficiency rate. Over the course of the 2016-17 regular season, it is sitting at 81.8 percent. The club has been able to generate offence short-handed as well; Calgary ranks eighth in the NHL with eight short-handed goals while Mark Giordano, Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik lead the way with three short-handed points each.
The Flames' power play is running at 20.5 percent this season and like the penalty kill, it has been top notch recently. In the last seven games, the Flames have scored eight goals in 24 opportunities with the man advantage - a 33.3 percent rate. Sean Monahan leads Calgary with eight goals and 17 power play points this year.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Flames and Sharks have played each other once on Apr. 8, with Calgary coming away with a 5-2 win back in 1994.
MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Mark Giordano needs 1 goal for 100.
Dennis Wideman needs 1 goal for 100.
Tonight's game will be on Sportsnet (TV) and Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio) at 8:00 p.m. MT. Keep an eye on the Flames' social media platforms for all sorts of exclusive content from San Jose.