Gameday: Flames host Sharks


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The San Jose Sharks (3-2-1) swim into the Scotiabank Saddledome tonight for the first of four matchups with the Calgary Flames (4-3-0) this season. The Sharks are coming off a 6-1 win in Edmonton last night, and will be gunning for their 3rd consecutive win. The Flames will be looking to extend their winning streak after coming home from Columbus after a 6-2 win to wrap up their 3-game road trip.

To say that both teams found their scoring touch last game is an understatement, but it is only partially true. In their last match, both the Flames and the Sharks were aided by opponents who played poorly and gave up too many chances. Both teams capitalized and were aided by goaltenders that were hot. Antero Nittymaki played a solid game in the Shark’s net and Flames rookie Henrik Karlsson notched his first NHL win in his first NHL game.

The Flames don’t seem to have any problem winning when their opponents fail to show up for the game. This won’t be the case tonight, though. Despite th fact that there is no true rivalry, the Flames and Sharks always play a tough game against each other. The big matchup will be between the Sharks first line of Thornton, Marleau and Heatley and the Flames first line (Iggy, Stajan and Tanguay). Both lines have been scoring recently so expect them both to be on the scoresheet tonight.

The hottest individual players are definitely Rene Bourque and Joe Pavelski, so keep your eyes on them. Bourque had his 3rd career hat trick in Columbus on Friday and added an assist in the game. Pavelski has 5 points (3 goals, 2 assists) in the Shark’s last 2 games.

Mikka Kiprusoff will be back in net for the Flames after a night off in Columbus. Who will be in the Shark’s goal? Your guess is as good as mine. It could be Nittymaki as easily as Antti Niemi. Leave a comment below with your guess.

The game starts at 6pm and is on Sportsnet Flames.

Update (6:02pm): Keep up with all the action on twitter here:

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Greg is the founder of Red Mile Blog has been following the Flames through good times and bad since they arrived in Calgary in the early 80s. He has written hundreds of articles on the Flames since 2005 and considers himself an expert on hockey inconsistency and frustration. He shoots right and usually plays defence, but has been known to jump up in the rush. He is a 2-time CAHL men's league champion and knows the sweet taste of beer from a Cup.

  • Warren Peece

    STANLEY CUP PARADE will be held in conjunction with the Stampede Parade first week in July. Don’t miss it!

    Both Brent and Darrell Sutter will be parade marshals just to remind the naysayers that were bellyaching about them at the beginning of the season that they knew what they were doing all along.

  • Steve

    I’d just like to know when Glencross is going to score. He’s always so close!

  • Greg @ Red Mile Blog

    First period ends with the Flames up 4-0. The game’s far from over, but that was a great start to the Flames 5-game homestand. Bourque came so close to getting a hat trick in that period.

  • Greg @ Red Mile Blog

    Borkie’s 2nd goal of the night (you could say he’s hot!!) puts the Flames up 4-0. It’s still only the first period!!

  • Greg @ Red Mile Blog

    Stefan Meyer sets up Connie, who makes no mistake putting the puck into the net. 3-0 Flames.

  • Greg @ Red Mile Blog

    Iggy makes it 2-0. Nice drop pass from Tanguay. Iggy buries it in the top right corner. This is a good way to start.

  • Greg @ Red Mile Blog

    Bourque puts the Flames up 1-0 on the PP less than 5 mins in.

  • Greg @ Red Mile Blog

    Update from @brodiebrazilCSN indicates that Niemi will get the start in goal for the Sharks tonight.

  • Ilikepancakes

    Go flames go. Give the sharks a taste of things to come. The oil didnt do us any favors by loosening them up

    • Greg @ Red Mile Blog

      No kidding! The Oilers are sucking bigtime right now. Even though they played last night, the Sharks are going to come out hard tonight. It’s gonna be a good game!

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