GAME: Calgary Flames (25-17-4-3) at San Jose Sharks (23-12-11-4).
TIME: Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. EST.
The San Jose Sharks look to continue their strong play at home as they host
the Calgary Flames at HP Pavilion.
The Sharks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Saturday for their 17th win in
their last 19 home games. Alyn McCauley had two goals, and Evgeni Nabokov made
24 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and 22nd of his career. San Jose
has won 13 of its last 18 overall (13-3-1-1).
``I was sitting on the bench, and I couldn't believe how textbook it was,''
said Wayne Primeau, who scored in the first period. ``It just makes for an
enjoyable evening. (Coach) Ron (Wilson) definitely stressed that we have to
have a better second period than we've had in the past. We continued to throw
the puck at them and forecheck, and that's the result.''
San Jose has scored 16 goals in its last six games, and got off 37 shots on
Minnesota goalie Manny Fernandez.
``We seemed to be hitting on all cylinders,'' Wilson said. ``If we did make
a mistake, Nabby was huge. We dominated in just about every category.''
Primeau's checking line, which includes Niko Dimitrakos and Todd Harvey, has
been a big part of San Jose's recent success. Dimitrakos also scored in the
first period Saturday, giving the line five goals in the Sharks' last four
games. Harvey added two assists.
``They must be talking, because the chemistry they have on the ice is pretty
amazing,'' Wilson said. ``Who says it's the fourth line? It's the Primeau
The Flames are coming off Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Phoenix _ just their
third win in eight games (3-4-1).
Shean Donovan scored the game-winner on a penalty shot with 2:08 remaining,
and Jarome Iginla added his team-leading 19th goal for Calgary.