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Preview: Flames vs. Sharks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

SHARKS (14-12-0) at FLAMES (10-14-2)

TV: CSN-CA, SNW (7:00 PM MT)

Season series: The San Jose Sharks defeated the Calgary Flames 5-2 at home on Nov. 28. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Tommy Wingels each had a goal and an assist for the Sharks. Micheal Ferland and Markus Granlund scored for the Flames.

Sharks team scope: Forward Logan Couture was activated from injured reserve on Monday, but coach Peter DeBoer wouldn't confirm that he would play. "I feel ready to go, well see what the lineup is tomorrow," Couture told the Sharks website. "I've been dying to get back in for the last little while. It's not easy just watching. It's not easy just practicing." Couture has missed 23 games since he sustained a fractured right fibula in practice on Oct. 15. He skated on a line in practice with Patrick Marleau and Joel Ward. Joonas Donskoi had been with Marleau and Ward in Couture's absence, but Donskoi skated on the fourth line in practice. DeBoer also said Vlasic would not accompany the Sharks for their two road games in Calgary and against the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. The defenceman missed the Sharks 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at home on Saturday with a lower-body injury. The Sharks have lost four of their past five games after sweeping a six-game road trip.

Flames team scope: Defenceman Kris Russell (hand) did not practice on Monday. He missed a 5-4 overtime win against the Boston Bruins on Friday and coach Bob Hartley told the Flames website Russell would be evaluated further on Tuesday before he would be ruled in or out for the game. "He's skating in the morning," Hartley said. "We're keeping his conditioning. With Kris, it's no big worry because he's such a warrior, he's such a pro. He's doing overtime all the time. He's eager to get back. We'll look at the situation tomorrow with the medical staff. They'll make the decision." Forward David Jones (lower body) returned to practice after missing the skate Sunday. After skating on his own for a week, forward Lance Bouma (broken left fibula) practiced with the team for a second straight day. He sustained the injury on Oct. 13 and is ahead of schedule. Hartley said Bouma needs time to improve his conditioning. "He's missed so much hockey that it's all about timing and stamina," Hartley said. "Not before next week, for sure." The Flames have won the first two of a five-game homestand.

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