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Scouting Report: San Jose Sharks

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- After ripping through the competition in October, the San Jose Sharks have stumbled in November.

After earning a league-best 22 points through the month of October, the Sharks are winless in five straight games with four of those losses coming after regulation. Further, the Sharks have allowed four or more goals in four of their five losses.

Still, earning points in four of their past five games have kept the Sharks afloat in the Pacific Division, where they sit third with 25 points. They'll be hungry for their first win this month when visiting Scotiabank Saddledome to take on the Calgary Flames.

Last Season: 25-16-7, 57 points (6th in West)
Notable Additions: C Tyler Kennedy, D Rob Davison
Notable Subtractions: C/RW TJ Galiardi, G Thomas Greiss

SEASON SERIES

Flames Season Series Record: 0-1-0

WHO'S HOT

TOMAS HERTL

Hertl -- who turns 20 on game day -- is currently riding a three-game scoring streak, amassing two goals and five points over that stretch. In all, the rookie’s 10 goals pace the Sharks on the season while his 16 points in 17 games place him in a tie for fourth in team scoring. He leads all first-year players in both categories, too.

WHO'S NOT

MATTHEW NIETO

After starting the season with five points in seven games, Nieto has seen his production tail off. The 21-year-old forward has just one point -- an assist -- in his previous eight contests. In all, the 21-year-old forward has two goals and six points in 15 games this year.

THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH

TOMMY WINGELS

With points in six straight games, Wingels has been as impressive as any Sharks scorer over the past two weeks. The 25-year-old has seven points during that span, pushing his totals on the season to five goals and eight assists. Wingels, though, has just one assist in four career games versus Calgary.

JOE PAVELSKI

Leading all Sharks skaters in points, Pavelski has been red hot, too. Outside of being kept off the score sheet against the Vancouver Canucks two games ago, the San Jose centre has been constantly producing recently. His 18 points place him 17th in league scoring, a position he’ll try to move up on at the expense of the Flames, whom he torched for four points in an earlier meeting this season.

MARC-EDOUARD VLASIC

Leading the Sharks blue line in points, the 26-year-old Vlasic has been a stalwart at both ends of the ice for San Jose. The potential Olympic candidate has three goals and 11 points on the season and is a team-best plus-11. He’s also second on the team in ice time, averaging just over 20-minutes a game.

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