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Preview - Flames vs. Sharks

The Flames host the San Jose Sharks on Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night

by Torie Peterson @ToriePeterson /

SHARKS (24-14-2) VS. FLAMES (22-19-2)

BROADCAST: 7:30 PM MT; Sportsnet, Sportsnet One (TV), Sportsnet 960 The FAN (radio)

GAME NOTE: Wednesday's game is Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night, honouring Canadian solidiers and veterans

SEASON SERIES: Wednesday's game is the third in a five-game season series between the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks. The Flames took the opening match-up by a score of 3-2 on Nov. 3 and the Sharks responded with a 4-1 win on Dec. 20. They will wrap up the series late in the regular season with the Sharks making a stop in Calgary on Mar. 31 and the Flames heading to San Jose on Apr. 8.

SHARKS' TEAM SCOPE: As of Tuesday afternoon, the Sharks are sitting at the top of the Pacific Division but have the Anaheim Ducks nipping at their heels. Both clubs have 50 points on the year but the Sharks have the edge in the standings with a 24-14-2 record as opposed to the Ducks' 21-13-8 record. The Edmonton Oilers, who sit third in the division, are a single point behind the two California clubs. With five of their next nine games against non-playoff teams, the Sharks are looking to put some distance between themselves and their divisional foes.

FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: The Flames have split their first four games in 2017, collecting wins over the Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks last week. They are coming off of a 2-0 setback to the Winnipeg Jets on Monday which saw Chad Johnson make 25 saves on 27 shots. The loss snapped rookie Matthew Tkachuk's win streak, which spanned nine games. During that stretch, the 19-year-old registered one goal and 10 points. On Monday, the Flames assigned defenceman Tyler Wotherspoon to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League and recalled blueliner Brett Kulak. In 15 games with the Flames this season, Kulak has three assists.

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