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PREVIEW - FLAMES vs. SHARKS

The Sharks visit the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday at 7 p.m.

by TY PILSON @typilson / calgaryflames.com

FLAMES (43-30-4) vs. SHARKS (43-267-7)

BROADCAST: 7 P.M.; Sportsnet West (TV), Sportsnet960 The Fan (radio)

SEASON SERIES: This is the fourth of five meetings for the division rivals, with Calgary holding a 2-1 edge after winning 3-2 on Nov. 3 in San Jose and 3-2 at the 'Dome on Jan. 11. The Sharks won 4-1 at home on Dec. 20. The two teams will take to the ice in San Jose on April 8 to wrap up the regular season. Matthew Tkachuk leads the Flames in scoring with three goals and five points in the trio of tilts to this point.

SHARKS' TEAM SCOPE: Comfortably situated atop the Pacific Division standings for much of the season, the Sharks looked like a shoo-in to finish first. However, they have fallen from that perch after losing seven of their last eight games. They fell to the Oilers 3-2 Thursday night at Rogers Place, slipping to third in the Pacific Division as the Oilers took sole possesion of second place. "We got the start we wanted, we played a great 12 minutes, then they made a little push. It was a tough one to give up, I think, on the shorthanded one. That's on us as players. Both goals were maybe on line changes, just a couple of little breakdowns cost us tonight," Sharks captain Joe Pavelski told NHL.com after the loss. 

FLAMES' TEAM SCOPE: Win and they're in. The Flames need just one more victory to punch their ticket to the post-season soiree. They didn't get it done when they had their first crack at it Wednesday night against the L.A. Kings at the 'Dome, falling 4-1 in a penalty-filled affair. Dougie Hamilton scored for the Flames, who only trailed 2-1 going into the third period but former Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who was named the game's first star, got credited with a flukey goal and then later set up Jeff Carter to seal the deal. Calgary's powerplay, which has struggled over the last half dozen games, went 0-6 in the contest, as did the King's extra-man units. "We just didn't execute. We didn't play our game. They got us into a big, grinding game. We didn't play fast. We got out-battled on our powerplay. I don't think we generated a chance. Maybe one. We weren't clicking. We didn't have any jump," said coach Glen Gulutzan.

 

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