SAN JOSE SHARKS (19-6-5)
CALGARY FLAMES (17-7-3)
Calgary had its four-game winning streak and franchise record run of 10 straight road games come to a halt in Phoenix with a 2-1 loss to the Coyotes Wednesday night.
The Sharks saw a 2-1 lead disappear in the final minute -- with a shorthanded goal -- and then dropped a 3-2 shootout game to the St. Louis Blues Wednesday. It snapped San Jose's winning streak at three games.
Last season, the club's split the four-game series down the middle. Everyone remembers the 6-1 thumping handed Calgary in November, but the Flames won the next two encounters and lost the last one 2-1. From the start of the 2005-06 season, Calgary has a 9-6-1 mark against the Sharks in regular-season play, and a 4-3-1 mark in San Jose.
POWERPLAY -- Calgary 20.9% (19-91, 14th); San Jose 22.5% (27-120, 5th).
PENALTY KILLING -- Calgary 80.2% (15th); San Jose 86.4% (1st).
FLAMES -- D Cory Sarich (undisclosed) is out.
SHARKS -- RW Brad Staubitz (face) is day-to-day. LW Jody Shelley (undisclosed) is out.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"I knew what we were gonna get. He's been everything and more. You hear in Ottawa he wasn't a very good teammate, but I don't know whoever said that. I think he's a great guy and a great teammate."
Joe Thornton on Dany Heatley
Who to watch Keep your eye on these two players in tonight's game
MIIKKA KIPRUSOFF, GOALIE
The former Shark almost beat the Coyotes by himself. His teammates didn't have a strong performance, but Kiprusoff continued the strong play he showed all of November. He has a career 10-7-1 record against his former team.
PATRICK MARLEAU, RIGHT-WING
He took the heat for last year's opening round playoff loss by being stripped of the captaincy. He's responded by scoring 19 goals and 33 points -- the same totals as Dany Heatley. Marleau may very well play himself onto Canada's Olympic team.