SAN JOSE, CA -- Few teams have been as dominant on home ice as the San Jose Sharks this season, something they’ll look to continue in hosting the Calgary Flames to kick off a four-game stand at SAP Center.
The Sharks, 16-2-3 on home ice, play 20 of their remaining 33 games in San Jose, giving themselves every opportunity to climb in the ultra-competitive Western Conference playoff race.
This Season: 31-12-6, 68 points (4th in West)
Last Season: 25-16-7, 57 points (6th in West)
Notable Injuries: Logan Couture (hand), Tomas Hertl (knee), Raffi Torres (knee), Adam Burish (back), Scott Hannan (upper body), Martin Havlat (lower body)
Flames Season Series Record: 0-1-1
Pavelski has been as hot a scorer as the National Hockey League has had of late. The 29-year-old has 16 goals and his last 19 games, pushing his scoring total to 25 on the year -- third highest in the league. With his run, Pavelski has 48 points in 49 games.
Though not necessarily his responsibility, Vlasic has been cold of late. The defenceman, who will represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, has no points in his last four outings and just two assists in his past nine games. He has four goals and 17 points in 49 games this season.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Marleau, who has four points in his past two games, is another Sharks skater heading to Sochi. The 34-year-old has earned it, too, with some impressive offensive numbers. The multi-dimensional forward has 21 goals and 46 points in 49 games this season.
Stalock, who could get the nod in net against the Flames, has been particularly stingy in backing up Antti Niemi this season. The 26-year-old is 6-2-0 with a 1.80 goals against average and .938 save percentage. He was the goalie of record in San Jose’s 3-2 overtime win on Nov. 12.
Though Burns hasn’t scored since Jan. 5, a span of six games, the 28-year-old defenceman-turned-forward is still a threat for the Flames and has one goal against Calgary this season. The 6-foot-5 winger has 14 goals and 14 assists in 38 games this season.