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GAME: Calgary Flames (39-28-7-3) at San Jose Sharks (38-20-12-6).

TIME: Thursday, 10:30 p.m. EST.

The San Jose Sharks have already clinched their spot in the playoffs. Now they're focused on reaching the 100-point mark for the season.

Currently sitting atop the Pacific Division with 94 points, the Sharks will try to move closer to that goal when they host the Calgary Flames.

San Jose, which has won three of its last four, clinched its spot in the postseason with a 5-2 win over Detroit on Tuesday.

"It's a great feeling," San Jose coach Ron Wilson said. "Our guys have worked really hard. I never would have predicted 94 points, let alone a chance at 100 points."

Jonathan Cheechoo scored two goals and Evgeni Nabokov stopped 37 shots Tuesday, pulling San Jose into a tie with Colorado for the second-most points in the Western Conference.

"We've got about a week and a half to sharpen up our game before the playoffs, and I think we can still get better," said Vincent Damphousse, who had a goal and an assist to give him 1,200 career points. "Getting in (the playoffs) is nice, but we're more worried about first place in our division and staying with Colorado."

Calgary, which is three points back of fifth-place Vancouver in the West, snapped a two-game skid with a 4-0 victory over Phoenix on Wednesday.

"It's hard not to watch the other teams on the scoreboard," said Jarome Iginla, who moved into a tie for the NHL lead with his 39th goal. "But we realize that's a huge win, a huge step toward the playoffs. It makes it closer now. We've just got to finish it."

Iginla's next goal will give him 40 for the second time in his career.

Calgary coach and general manager Darryl Sutter completed his two-game suspension for his part in a brawl Saturday against Nashville.

The Flames also played without enforcer Krzysztof Oliwa, who drew a three-game suspension, and left wing Chris Simon, who began a two-game ban for kneeing Dallas' Sergei Zubov during a 4-0 loss on Monday.

STANDINGS: Flames - 88 points, 3rd place, 6 PB, Northwest Division. Sharks - 94 points, 1st place, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Iginla, 39 goals and 68 points; Craig Conroy, 37 assists; Oliwa, 247 PIM. Sharks - Patrick Marleau, 28 goals and 55 points; Nils Ekman, 29 assists; Scott Parker, 101 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 23): Flames - Power play: 14.8 percent (49 for 331), 24th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.4 percent (276 for 327), 15th. Sharks - Power play: 16.8 percent (53 for 315), 12th. Penalty killing: 84.8 percent (256 for 302), 7th.

GOALTENDERS: Flames - Miikka Kiprusoff (21-9-4, 3 SO, 1.69 GAA); Roman Turek (5-10-0, 2, 2.50). Sharks - Nabokov (27-19-8, 8, 2.26); Vesa Toskala (11-7-4, 0, 2.11).

SEASON SERIES: Flames, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: Jan. 28; Sharks, 4-1. At San Jose, Calif., Marleau scored two goals on assists by Marco Sturm as the Sharks won for the sixth time in seven games.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 20-14-2-2 on the road; Sharks - 21-7-7-2 at home.

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