Sharks Get Blanked By BoltsThe San Jose Sharks (22-27-4) lost for the second consecutive time (0-2-0) after following up Wednesday’s 5-2 defeat to the Vancouver Canucks with a 3-0 loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning at SAP Center on Saturday, thus ending a three-game homestand with a 1-2-0 record. The Sharks have now dropped five of their past six decisions (1-5-0), currently sitting 6th in the Pacific Division with 48 points from 53 matchups, 11 points off a playoff spot in the Western Conference. San Jose is 8-14-3 when playing on the road so far this season, with Erik Karlsson leading the side with 37 points (5 goals, 32 assists). Evander Kane (35 points) has collected the most goals (19).
Goalie Aaron Dell stopped 32 shots versus Tampa Bay, taking his current performance total to 9-10-2 for the rolling year with a 2.82 GAA and a .911 save percentage. He has recorded a 2-3-0 career tally against the Calgary Flames with a 3.59 GAA and a .873 save percentage. The Sharks, meanwhile, are netting the 4th lowest number of goals per game (2.53), while giving up the 4th highest quantity on the defensive end (3.32). They are 26th in power play with a 16.0% conversion rate and top of the league in penalty kill with 87.2% effectiveness.
Flames Get Thrashed By Oilers
The current three-game homestand of the Calgary Flames (27-20-6) started with a loss, as the team dropped the latest edition of the Battle of Alberta, being beaten with a score of 8-3 by the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday. With that, the Flames have now lost four of their past six contests (2-3-1) after going on a five-game winning run prior. The team sits 4th in the Pacific Division with 60 points from 53 outings, just two points out of the playoff contention in the Western Conference. Matthew Tkachuk leads Calgary with 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists), while Elias Lindholm (39 points) has banked the highest amount of markers (22).
After making 38 starts so far this year, goalie David Rittich has gone 20-13-5 for the season with a 2.87 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He is 1-1-1 versus San Jose in previous encounters with a 3.81 GAA and a .876 save percentage, while Cam Talbot (7-7-1 for the current campaign with a 2.70 GAA and a .919 save percentage) has posted a 5-7-2 career total against the Sharks with a 3.41 GAA and a .884 save percentage. The Flames are 7th in least goals scored per game (2.64), 15th in most goals conceded on average (3.06), 16th in power play (19.6%) and 12th in penalty kill (81.6%). They are 13-8-4 when playing on home ice.
Calgary (according to Covers.com)
- Flames are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Western Conference.
- Flames are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. Pacific.
San Jose (according to Covers.com)
- Sharks are 0-6 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Sharks are 0-5 in their last 5 road games.