CALGARY FLAMES AT SAN JOSE SHARKS
TONIGHT AT 8:30 P.M., TV: PAY-PER-VIEW, RADIO: FAN 960
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.