Sharks-Flames at a glance

Sharks-Flames at a glance
January 20, 2013, 7:45 am
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The Sharks finished seventh in the West last season with 96 points, while the Flames placed 9th with 90 points. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Where to watch
3 p.m., CSN California (pregame beginning at 2:30 p.m.)

Where they stand
Sharks: 0-0-0, 0 pts, T-3rd Pacific Division, T-8th Western Conference
Flames: 0-0-0, 0 pts., T-2nd Northwest Division, T-8th Western Conference

Probable lines

San Jose
Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski
Havlat-Couture-Clowe
Wingels-Handzus-Galiardi
McLaren-Desjardins-Burish

Vlasic-Stuart
Irwin-Boyle
Murray-Braun

Niemi

Calgary
Glencross-Tanguay-Iginla
Baertchi-Backlund-Cammalleri
Horak-Stajan-Stempniak
Comeau-Jones-Jackman

Giordano-Bouwmeester
Butler-Wideman
Smith-Sarich

Kiprusoff

Keep an eye on…

San Jose: Adam Burish. Have you seen the video yet of new Sharks forward Burish getting high-sticked in practice, chipping a tooth, and then staying on the ice to block shots? That’s exactly the kind of player the Sharks thought they were getting when they signed him over the summer. Burish will likely want to make an impact on his new team early, and even though he’s on the fourth line, he’ll probably get his nose a little dirty at least once in his first game in teal.

Calgary: Mike Cammalleri. The diminutive forward returned to Calgary late last season after two-and-a-half seasons in Montreal in which his production declined. Cammalleri was a point-per-game player in his only full season with Calgary in 2008-09 (82 points in 81 games), and will be looking to regain that form this season. At just 30 years old, he just might be able to do it.

Season series

The Sharks were 2-1-1 against Calgary last season, and gained three of a possible four points against the Flames at the Saddledome. Benn Ferriero scored the only goal in a 1-0 win on Jan. 24, and Antti Niemi made 25 saves for the shutout. On March 13, Logan Couture’s two goals were wasted when Matt Stajan’s overtime goal gave the Flames a 3-2 win.

The two teams meet again on March 6 in Calgary and April 5 at HP Pavilion.

Quoteable

“We obviously know the names of their better players – Iginla, Cammalleri, Bouwmeester and Kiprusoff in net. You think about those guys and what they do. We know they missed the playoffs last year so we’ll know that they’ll be hungry.” - Logan Couture

Sound off

Are the Sharks still a legitimate contender for the Stanley Cup, or are they on the decline? Post your response in the comments section below.