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Flames at Sharks: Lines, gamethread, and where to watch

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Sharks look to create longest winning streak in five years.

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The Calgary Flames (35-30-10, 5th Pacific), fresh off an official white flag waving mass player shut down, still have a job to do and a spoiler to play, and in that role they'll visit our San Jose Sharks (42-23-9, 2nd Pacific) this rainy afternoon. Calgary shut down a number of key players with injury in the last few days, including Kris Versteeg and Sean Monahan, while injured skaters Matthew Tkachuk and T.J. Brodie aren't likely to be far behind. With an eight point gap between them and the Colorado Avalanche in the West's second wild card spot, one wonders if the rainy conditions will affect the Flames' play seeing as they've thrown in all their towels.

Losers of their last four and outscored 20-6 in those games, the Flames' season has been effectively derailed. The renaissance of goaltender Mike Smith seems to have been short lived, as his performance has been dreadful since his return from injury: he hasn't put up a save percentage above .900 since a 13 March shut out of the Edmonton Oilers five games ago. Martin Jones, on the other end of the ice, is 11-3-1 in his last 15 to go along with a 2.14 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.

The Sharks are on the opposite end of pretty much every spectrum. Winners of six straight, including a dominant 2-1 over time win over the division leading Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night, the Sharks will try to put together their first seven game winning streak since April 2013. Sitting four points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings for second in the Pacific, a win today (coupled with a Kings loss to the Oilers, not likely) would open up a nigh insurmountable gap for post season home ice.

There is room for hope with this Sharks team right now, as they're playing like they could take on any one in the division comfortably. As for the Central, well, we'll worry about that when we get there.

Sharks Lines

Evander Kane -- Joe Pavelski -- Melker Karlsson

Tomas Hertl -- Logan Couture -- Mikkel Boedker

Timo Meier -- Chris Tierney -- Kevin Labanc

Barclay Goodrow -- Eric Fehr -- Jannik Hansen

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Brenden Dillon -- Dylan DeMelo

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched: Joel Ward, Marcus Sorensen, Tim Heed

Injured: Joe Thornton (knee), Joonas Donskoi (upper body), Joakim Ryan (upper body)

Flames Lines

Johnny Gaudreau -- Sam Bennett -- Curtis Lazar

Michael Frolik -- Mikael Backlund -- Troy Brouwer

Micheal Ferland -- Mark Jankowski -- Chris Stewart

Nick Shore -- Matt Stajan -- Garnet Hathaway

Dougie Hamilton -- Mark Giordano

Michael Stone -- Travis Hamonic

Brett Kulak -- Rasmus Andersson

David Rittich

Mike Smith

Scratched: Tanner Glass, Matt Bartkowski

Injured: Sean Monahan (undisclosed), Kris Versteeg (lower body), Matthew Tkachuk (upper body), Marek Hrivik (upper body), TJ Brodie (upper body)

Where to watch

Broadcast: NBCSCA, SNW

Stream: NHL.tv / NHL App

Radio: 98.5 KFOX / NHL App / Sharks App