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Sharks vs. Flames preview: Tierney recalled as Western Canada road trip begins

Back-to-back games in Calgary and Vancouver represent a crucial stretch of the Sharks' season.

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Chris Tierney has been recalled from Worcester while Tye McGinn has been placed on injured reserve as the Sharks get set to begin a slate of back-to-back games on the road in Calgary and Vancouver. With these three teams jostling for the two guaranteed Pacific Division playoff spots, expect a couple of intense matchups with a lot at stake tonight and tomorrow.

Tale Of The Tape
San Jose Sharks

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Calgary Flames
27-17-7, 61 points
Record 28-20-3, 59 points
2nd in Pacific Rank 3rd in Pacific
50.6%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 46.1%
99.1
PDO 101.1
21.3
PP% 17.1
82.0
PK% 77.3

7PM PST | Scotiabank Saddledome | Calgary, Alberta
TV: CSNCA-HD | Radio: SJSharks.com, 98.5 KFOX
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Projected Sharks Lineup

Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton - Melker Karlsson
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Matt Nieto
Tomas Hertl - James Sheppard - Barclay Goodrow
John Scott - Andrew Desjardins - Tyler Kennedy

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon - Matt Tennyson
Matt Irwin - Scott Hannan

Alex Stalock
Antti Niemi

Projected Flames Lineup

Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler
Lance Bouma - Mikael Backlund - David Jones
Mason Raymond - Joe Colborne - Josh Jooris
Brandon Bollig - Matt Stajan - Paul Byron

Mark Giordano - T.J. Brodie
Kris Russell - Dennis Wideman
Raphael Diaz - Deryk Engelland

Jonas Hiller
Karri Ramo

Last Meeting

The Sharks rallied back from a 2-0 deficit, with Logan Couture, Joe Thornton and Melker Karlsson all scoring in the first half of the second period, but the Flames would eventually win the game in overtime on a Sean Monahan goal.

Storylines

  • Alex Stalock will get the start in net tonight with Antti Niemi expected to backstop the Sharks tomorrow in Vancouver.
  • If the Sharks sweep this two-game set, they'll be six points up on both the Flames and Canucks. If they lose both games in regulation, they'll find themselves in fourth place in the Pacific on Friday. There's a lot on the line in this brief road trip.