FLAMES (45-32-4) @ SHARKS (45-29-7)
BROADCAST: 8 p.m.; CBC (TV) Sportsnet960 The Fan (Radio)
The regular-season finale sees the Flames and Sharks meet for the fifth time this season, with the Flames holding a 3-1 season series lead. The teams' last met April 31 with the Flames winning 5-2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome, a game that saw Calgary clinch a playoff spot. Rookie Matthew Tkachuk has led the Flames charge in the points department with three goals and six points in the four games against the Sharks, while Sam Bennett has chipped in with a goal and four points.
SHARKS' TEAM SCOPE:
The Sharks have had a rough go as of late, going 3-7 in their last 10 games, a reason why they fell from first in the Pacific Division to third. Coming off a 4-2 loss against the Edmonton Oilers on April. 6, the end of the regular season has not been the finish they were hoping for headed into playoffs. Brent Burns has had a Norris-like Trophy season (29 goals, 75 points), with Joe Pavelski (29 goals, 68 points) and Logan Couture (25 goals, 52 points) leading the Sharks offensive attack. Former Calgary Hitmen alumnus Martin Jones has backstopped the Sharks posting a 35-23-6 record, with a 2.40 GAA and a .912 save percentage. Airdrie native Aaron Dell has been solid backing up Jones, with a 10-6-1 record, putting up a 2.06 GAA and .930 save percentage.
FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE:
The California road trip has been an up-and-down trip so far, with a 3-1 loss April 4 against the Ducks, followed by a 4-1 win against the Kings on April. 6. Rookie goaltender Jon Gillies made 27 saves to earn his first career NHL win in his debut against the Kings. "He was real good and made some big saves, he looked very calm. I thought it was a real good night for him," head coach Glen Gulutzan said about the 23-year-old's performance. With 94 points, the Flames find themselves in the first wildcard spot despite being tied with the Nashville Predators in points. As the post-season inches closer, Gulutzan said he's looking for more of the same as they look to finish off their schedule with a win and momentum. "Right now it's about playing the right way. It's important to have your habits stay intact. Going into San Jose we want to do the same thing and hopefully get the same result."