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STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

CALGARY FLAMES AT SAN JOSE SHARKS

TONIGHT AT 8:30 P.M., TV: PAY-PER-VIEW, RADIO: FAN 960

COMING IN:

Calgary has had trouble scoring goals recently and have dropped their last three games -- although two of those were in shootouts.

The Sharks were shut out 2-0 at home by the Anaheim Ducks Saturday and, after a 1-2-2 record in their last five, are 10 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:

The teams split games at home in the fall. The Flames beat the Sharks 3-2 at the 'Dome Nov. 23 on goals by D Roman Hamrlik, D Robyn Regehr and F Tony Amonte. The Sharks beat the Flames by the same score in a shootout after scoring twice in the final five minutes at the HP Pavilion Oct. 29. They'll play once more at the 'Dome March 4.

WHO'S HOT:

FLAMES -- F Jarome Iginla has had the lone goal for Calgary in each of their last two games.

SHARKS -- F Jonathan Cheechoo has five goals and seven points in his last five games, including a hat-trick Feb. 1.

WHO'S NOT:

FLAMES -- Pick a name, any name, when it comes to scoring goals. Despite outshooting their opponents 97-50 over their last three contests, the Flames have managed to score just four times.

SHARKS -- With centres Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau eating up most of the ice time in the middle, C Alyn McCauley hasn't been much of a factor. He has one goal in 22 games and played less time than C Grant Stevenson in Saturday's loss.

SPECIAL TEAMS:

POWERPLAY -- Calgary 17.4% (56-321, 16th); San Jose 16.9% (54-320, 21st).

PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 82.5% (58-331, 14th); San Jose 79.7% (53-261, 25th).

INJURIES:

FLAMES -- F Byron Ritchie (knee) appears day-to-day but doubtful for tonight although he made the trip. D Roman Hamrlik (hand) and D Bryan Marchment (knee) are out.

SHARKS -- F Scott Parker (head) is on IR. D Rob Davison (neck) is day-to-day.

NOTABLES:

D Roman Hamrlik stayed behind because of his broken hand but D Bryan Marchment, out with a serious knee injury, joined his teammates to visit his old stomping grounds in San Jose ... The lockout cost Sharks C Patrick Marleau a spot in the NHL record books. The 26-year-old became the 15th youngest player to appear in 600 regular-season games Jan. 14. He would have been the youngest had the 2004-05 season taken place.


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