Sharks face new division foe in Calgary Flames

The Flames are in San Jose without Jerome Iginla for the first time since 1995 to kick off a new division rivalry.

The Sharks will get a crack at one of their new division rivals tonight as they take on the Calgary Flames for the first time this season. San Jose recently had their win-streak snapped in Dallas and will look to get a new one going against a not-great Flames team.

After the emotional toll of the St. Louis game, the Sharks didn't play their best game on Thursday and that was exacerbated by the Stars pesky play. The Flames are 20th in the league in 5v5 score close Corsi-for, so this is an opponent the Sharks should dominate. Since the Ducks appear to actually be competent this year (isn't that the worst) and the Kings figure to be competitive, San Jose will want to pick up as many points as they can from the likes of Calgary and Edmonton.

No Dan Boyle will continue to negatively impact the Sharks, but having Brad Stuart back for the second time following his suspension should ease that burden. According to the Flames, Boyle is not hot. Fellow FTF writer mymclife offers this as a counterpoint.

This is the late game on Hockey Night In Canada, so if you live in Canada... well, I'm genuinely sorry -- but you can watch the Sharks on national TV! So there's that!

Logan Couture had a godawful game against the Stars. Keep an eye on him for a rebound tonight.

It's still weird that Jerome Iginla isn't on this team anymore. I was four the first time he suited up for the Flames. Jeez, the rest of you are old.

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Projected Sharks Lineup

Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tyler Kennedy
Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Brent Burns
Matthew Nieto - Joe Pavelski - Tommy Wingels
James Sheppard - Andrew Desjardins - Bracken Kearns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Matt Irwin - Brad Stuart
Scott Hannan - Jason Demers

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Projected Flames Lineup

Curtis Glencross - Mikael Backlund - Lee Stempniak

TJ Galiardi - Joe Colborne - Lance Bouma

Sven Baertschi - Sean Monahan - Jiri Hudler

Tim Jackman - Ben Street - Brian McGrattan

Mark Giordano - TJ Brodie

Kriss Russell - Dennise Wideman

Shane O'Brien - Chris Butler

Joe MacDonald

Karri Ramo