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Hamonic out for Calgary; San Jose eyes third straight win

by Ross McKeon / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

FLAMES (28-22-6) at SHARKS (24-27-4)

10:30 p.m. ET; NBCSCA, SNW, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Calgary Flames will be without injured defenseman Travis Hamonic when they play the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Monday.

Hamonic sustained an undisclosed injury in the second period when the Flames ended a three-game losing streak with a 6-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday, the first of a four-game road trip. He was placed on injued reserve on Monday,. 

The Flames will also be without defenseman Mark Giordano, who will miss his third straight game with a lower-body injury.

The Sharks, 9-2 in their past 11 games against Calgary, look to win three in a row for the first time since Nov. 21-25. San Jose is 2-0-0 against Calgary this season, winning 3-1 on the road Feb. 4 and 3-1 at home Oct. 13.

 

Players to watch

Flames forward Elias Lindholm has a six-game point streak (two goals, four assists).

Sharks goalie Aaron Dell has won consecutive games and is 7-4-0 with a 2.28 goals-against average and .928 save percentage since Jan. 1. 

 

They said it 

"He's gone back to Calgary. He's getting tested so we'll see what that involves. We just felt we wanted our guys to take a look at him and we'll take it from there." -- Flames coach Geoff Ward on injured defenseman Travis Hamonic

"I don't know how [Tomas Hertl] does it, he has a smile on his face every day, and [Logan] Couture is the same way. They feel bad when they're out and can't help. If we can keep plugging away here, and get some points, I think it makes it easier on everybody." -- Sharks coach Bob Boughner

 

Flames projected lineup

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm

Andrew Mangiapane -- Mikael Backlund -- Matthew Tkachuk

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube

Sam Bennett -- Mark Jankowski -- Tobias Rieder

Noah Hanifin -- Rasmus Andersson

TJ Brodie -- Michael Stone

Oliver Kylington -- Brandon Davidson

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Zac Rinaldo, Alexander Yelesin

Injured: Travis Hamonic (shoulder), Mark Giordano (hamstring), Juuso Valimaki (knee)

 

Sharks projected lineup

Evander Kane -- Barclay Goodrow -- Patrick Marleau

Timo Meier -- Joe Thornton -- Kevin Labanc

Marcus Sorensen -- Maxim Letunov -- Dylan Gambrell   

Melker Karlsson -- Alexander True -- Stefan Noesen

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Erik Karlsson

Brenden Dillon -- Brent Burns

Radim Simek -- Mario Ferraro

Aaron Dell

Martin Jones

Scratched: Tim Heed

Injured: Joel Kellman (lower body), Logan Couture (fractured ankle), Tomas Hertl (knee), Dalton Prout (upper body)

 

Status report

Davidson will play for the injured Hamonic, who is day-to-day. … Bennett missed the morning skate due to the flu and is a game-time decision. … Yelesin, a defenseman, was recalled from Stockton of the American Hockey League and forward Buddy Robinson was sent to the AHL affiliate. … Couture has skated on his own three times in the past week after he had a boot removed to protect his right ankle, which was fractured Jan. 7. The forward is week to week.

 

Stat pack

Tkachuk (one goal, one assist) and Backlund (no goals, three assists) have two-game point streaks. … Marleau needs one goal to pass Mike Modano (561) for 25th place on the NHL all-time list. … Meier (two goals, two assists), Labanc, (two goals, one assist), Kane (two goals, no assists), Burns (one goal, two assists) and Thornton (no goals, four assists) have two-game point streaks.

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