Puck drop

TODD SAELHOF -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 12:00 PM ET

 Game 1 -- Flames at San Jose Sharks, 2 P.M., TV: CBC, Radio: The Fan 960

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 COMING IN:

 The Calgary Flames took out the conference's third-seed Vancouver Canucks 4-3 and the conference-best Detroit Red Wings 4-2, while the Sharks eliminated the No. 7 seed St. Louis Blues 4-1 and the No. 4 seed Colorado Avalanche 4-2. The Flames are the conference's No. 6 seed after finishing with 42 wins and 94 points, while the Sharks won the Pacific Division with 43 wins and 104 points to enter the post-season as the conference's No. 2 seed.

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 HEAD-TO-HEAD:

 The only other time the Flames met the Sharks in the playoffs was in the 1995 conference quarter-final, when the Sharks won the series with a 5-4 double-overtime win in Game 7 at the Saddledome. This regular season, the teams split four games, with each squad winning in their own rinks. The Flames won 3-2 and 3-1 decisions Oct. 11 and Dec. 2 at the 'Dome, while the Sharks triumphed 4-1 and 3-2 in Jan. 28 and March 25 meetings at the HP Pavilion. All-time in the regular season, the Flames are 35-23-8 against the Sharks, comprised of an 18-10-4 home mark and a 17-13-4 road record.

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 WHO'S HOT?

 FLAMES -- LW Martin Gelinas has five goals and nine points, including two overtime goals that clinched the previous two series. He also assisted on Marcus Nilson's OT winner in Game 1 against the Detroit Red Wings.

 SHARKS -- The top line of LW Vincent Damphousse, with a team-best 11 points, C Patrick Marleau, the playoff's top sniper with seven goals, and RW Niko Dimitrakos, with a team-high eight assists, have a combined 30 points.

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 WHO'S NOT?

 FLAMES -- Despite outstanding defence, the Flames' blueline crew has scored just one goal during the playoff run. D Robyn Regehr netted the game-tying goal in Game 1 against the Red Wings.

 SHARKS -- After combining for 139 points in the regular season, RW Nils Ekman, C Alyn McCauley and LW Alexander Korolyuk have just four points between them in the post-season.

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 INJURIES:

 FLAMES -- C Steven Reinprecht (shoulder surgery) and C Dean McAmmond (sore back) are out for the season. D Denis Gauthier (lower body) and D Toni Lydman (upper body) are sidelined indefinitely. LW Chris Simon (lower body) and C Matthew Lombardi (upper body) are day-to-day.

 SHARKS -- LW Marco Sturm (broken ankle) is out indefinitely. LW Scott Thornton (lower body) is day-to-day.

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 NOTABLES:

 The Sharks are 5-1 on home ice in these playoffs; the Flames are 5-2 on the road. Both are league highs ... The Sharks have outscored their playoff opposition 7-3 in the first period ... LW Martin Gelinas paced the Flames with three goals against the Sharks in the regular season.


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