Sharks vs. Flames. It’s not a geographical rivalry. It’s not a rivalry NBCSN will be promoting for a Wednesday night game anytime soon. But there is a historical perspective to these teams facing each other.
October 8, 1991 – San Jose gets it’s first win in team history.
November 30, 1991 – Team Teal would defeat Calgary in the Saddledome, for it’s first road victory in history.
February 10, 1993 – San Jose would score the first goal, but then give up the next 13, in a 13-1 scorching by the Flames.
October 14, 1993 – First regular season game in San Jose Arena. (In three parts, the entire ceremony)
May 1995 – The first playoff series was an epic seven game thriller, with the Sharks winning Game 7 in Double Overtime.
May 2004 – San Jose gets upset, by it’s former goalie (Miikka Kiprusoff) and former coach (Darryl Sutter) in the Western Conference Final. I present to you, what happens when you make the worst line change in NHL history
April 2008 – Sharks and Flames play another classic seven game series, including the first Game 7 on San Jose ice.
Always a fun matchup between San Jose and Calgary. That was a great look into the past, now a look into tonight.
San Jose with a strong showing over the Stanley Cup Champions in a 2-0 win in Chicago. However, it came at a cost. Brendan Dillon looks like he is out as Mirco Mueller has been called up from the San Jose Barracuda. We may find out today what actually happened. Dillon played only two shifts on Tuesday.
Martin Jones continues to hold the hot hand but is expected to sit out tonight. Alex Stalock will get the start for the Sharks. A rare start for Stalock, who could use the game action… or is it to showcase him? For Team Teal, they’ll begin their short two game homestand with this lineup:
Hertl – Thornton – Pavelski
Nieto – Marleau – Ward
Donskoi – Couture – Wingels
Zubrus – Tierney – Karlsson
Vlasic – Braun
Martin – Burns
Mueller – DeMelo
As for Calgary, they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night without three major players on their team. Johnny Gaudreau, Shawn Monahan, and Lance Bouma were all scratched due to being late for practice earlier in the week.
After it’s futile start, Calgary seemed to have caught on fire (bad pun) but has fizzled out as of late (even worse) as they now sit seven points out of the last Wild Card spot, and eight out of the third spot in the Pacific Division. They now have four teams between them and need strong netminding and defense to help out to save their season.
San Jose has won two of three against Calgary so far. Another win seals the season series and gives San Jose a tiebreaker… just in case.
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