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Flames look for another win against the Sharks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

SHARKS (27-17-7) at FLAMES (28-20-3)

TV: SN, SN1, CSN-CA

Season series: The Calgary Flames are 2-1-0 against the San Jose Sharks and won Jan. 17 on Sean Monahan’s goal in overtime. Sharks defenceman Justin Braun has four points in three games, and goalie Antti Niemi is 1-1-1 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.

Sharks team scope: San Jose has a point in seven of its past eight games and is two points ahead of Calgary (61-59) for second place in the Pacific Division. The Sharks ended a seven-game homestand with a 5-4 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Monday after a 13-round shootout. Center Logan Couture was named Sharks Player of the Month for January with four goals and eight assists in 12 games. Couture's performance was overshadowed by inconsistent play by the Sharks during their homestand. "It's been that way for a while with us," Couture said. "I wish I could explain it, but if we knew the reasons why, it wouldn't happen."

Flames team scope: Calgary is 12-0-0 when leading after two periods. The Flames got a point from 12 players and scored three goals in the third period to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Monday. "Our most complete game since the [All-Star] break," defenceman Mark Giordano told the Calgary Herald after the game. "To do it against a team that's ahead of us is pretty big." Forward Joe Colborne had two assists and has seven points in his past seven games. Goalie Jonas Hiller made 17 saves and has allowed two or fewer goals in each of his past four starts. He is expected to make his fifth straight start and is 8-10-2 with a 2.32 goals-against average and .928 save percentage against San Jose. Monahan has six goals in his past eight games. The Flames have won four of the past five games in the series.

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