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Scouting Report: San Jose Sharks

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Heading into Saturday's game against the Vancouver Canucks, the San Jose Sharks were pleased with their play in recent contests.

Winners of three straight, they had outscored their opponents 13-5 and had made up some ground in the Pacific Division, where they sit third.

That changed when the Canucks visited the SAP Center.

Undisciplined play and breakdowns on the penalty kill were the downfall of the Sharks on Saturday, ultimately leading them to a 4-2 loss to their divisional rivals.

"We get that first goal and we starting taking penalties," captain Joe Pavelski told "And it was everybody. It was just one of those nights we couldn't stay out of the box. When you give them that many chances, it's tough."

San Jose will be looking to shore things up when they embark on their two-game Alberta road. They face the Flames on Monday evening and wrap things up in Edmonton on Tuesday.

With 76 points on the year, they are chasing the LA Kings (80 points) and the Anaheim Ducks (82 points) and a couple of wins on their Western Canadian swing could have a big impact on their seeding in the division.

The Flames and Sharks have met four times this year, with San Jose picking up points in three of those contests and outscoring the Flames 17-15. At the Scotiabank Saddledome, the Sharks are 1-1, with the Flames holding the edge in goals by a 8-7 margin.


Record: 35-23-6

Power Play: 22.1 percent overall (47 goals scored in 213 chances with the man advantage), 23.2 percent on the road (26 goals scored in 112 chances with the man advantage)

Penalty Kill: 79 percent overall (39 goals allowed in 186 times being short-handed), 82.5 percent on the road (18 goals allowed in 103 times being short-handed)

2015-16 Record vs. the Flames: 2-1-1

2014-15 Record vs. the Flames: 1-3-1

Notable Injuries: Melker Karlsson (undisclosed), Matt Tennyson (concussion), Tommy Wingels (shoulder)

Who's HOT: Brent Burns

The Sharks blueliner has been pouring on the offence all season but has been particularly hot as of late. Burns heads into Monday's game with a three-game point streak in which he has three goals and six points.

The 30-year-old is third in team scoring with 23 goals and 57 points in 64 games. He is second in scoring amongst NHL defencemen, trailing only Ottawa's Erik Karlsson (68 points in 66 games).

Honourable Mention: Joe Thornton

The veteran keeps rolling. Thornton, 36, now leads the Sharks in scoring with 62 points on the year. He is riding a four-game point streak that has seen him score one goal, pick up six points, and put eight shots on net.

In four games against the Flames this year, Thornton has two goals and five points.

Who's NOT: Joel Ward

The right winger has had a laudable first season in San Jose, scoring 17 goals and 36 points in 62 outings, but the 35-year-old hasn't been able to get himself on the scoresheet lately. Ward is pointless in his last five games and is a minus-two during that span.

Ward has two goals and three points in the Sharks' four games against the Flames this season.

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