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Sharks vs. Flames preview: Wingels returns to the lineup

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Homestand continues with key divisional battle against Calgary.

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After missing seven games with a broken bone in his left hand, forward Tommy Wingels makes his much-anticipated return to the Sharks lineup tonight in time for them to host Calgary in a key Pacific Division matchup. Wingels will skate with Tomas Hertl and Chris Tierney on a new-look third line centered by 20-year-old rookie Tierney who has four points in three games since being recalled from Worcester. With the Flames entering tonight's game two points behind San Jose in the standings, the Sharks' final game against Calgary this season looks to be their most important.

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Calgary Flames

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San Jose Sharks
29-21-3, 61 points Record 28-19-7, 63 points
4th in Pacific Rank 2nd in Pacific
45.8%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 50.8%
101.0
PDO 99.2
17.0
PP% 20.9
78.4
PK% 81.8

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Projected Sharks Lineup

Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton - Melker Karlsson
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Matt Nieto
Tomas Hertl - Chris Tierney - Tommy Wingels
James Sheppard - Andrew Desjardins - Tyler Kennedy

Scott Hannan - Brent Burns
Mirco Mueller - Brenden Dillon
Matt Irwin - Matt Tennyson

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Projected Flames Lineup

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

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

Jonas Hiller
Karri Ramo

Last Meeting

John Scott (yes, that John Scott) scored the Sharks' lone goal in a 3-1 loss in Calgary last Wednesday that allowed the Flames to temporarily pull ahead of San Jose in the Pacific Division standings.

Storylines

  • To make room for Wingels' activation off injured reserve, Daniil Tarasov was placed on IR. The rookie forward briefly left Saturday's game against Carolina after blocking a shot.
  • Curtis Glencross is expected to make his return to the Flames lineup after missing nine games with a hip injury.
  • With the Sharks losing to Carolina over the weekend, Todd McLellan is still sitting on 299 wins. A victory tonight would make him the second-fastest head coach ever to hit the 300-win plateau.