NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, November 13th
(All times eastern)
Calgary Flames (9-7-1) at San Jose Sharks (13-3-1), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A record-setting effort wasn't enough for San Jose to
continue its home dominance. Coming off their first loss at HP Pavilion this
year, the Sharks host the Calgary Flames tonight.
San Jose won its first nine home games of the season for the first time in
franchise history, and had a 14-game winning streak as the host dating back to
However, that run came to an end on Tuesday in a 4-3 overtime loss to
Nashville, a game in which San Jose fell in defeat despite unleashing a
franchise-record 57 shots on goal.
Devin Setoguchi scored twice and finished with an amazing 10 shots on goal --
a club record -- for the Sharks, who have lost two straight for the first time
this year but have still posted a point in 19 straight games at home (17-0-2).
Rob Blake also scored in the losing effort.
Goaltender Brian Boucher started his third consecutive game in place of
starter Evgeni Nabokov, who remains sidelined with a lower body injury
suffered last Thursday against the St. Louis Blues. Boucher allowed a season-
high four goals on 29 shots, including Ville Koistinen's game-winning tally
2:28 into overtime.
Nabokov remains day-to-day but is doubtful for tonight, while Jonathan
Cheechoo is questionable after having missed the last three games due to an
upper body injury. Meanwhile, defenseman Dan Boyle missed Tuesday's game to be
with his wife, who gave birth to a baby girl that morning. He will return to
the ice tonight, though.
The Flames will try to halt a three-game road losing streak tonight. Calgary,
which is 3-5-0 as the visitor this year, was a winner on home ice last time
out, knocking off Toronto, 4-3.
Dustin Boyd scored two goals, while Jarome Iginla added his 10th tally of the
season and also posted an assist. Dion Phaneuf, playing despite taking a high
stick to the eye on Sunday versus Chicago, scored as well and had an assist.
Iginla played in the game despite battling flu-like symptoms, an ailment that
kept Mike Cammalleri off the ice on Tuesday. Cammalleri is again questionable
Miikka Kiprusoff made 29 saves in a victory that snapped a two-game losing
streak while also giving the Flames a win for just the second time in six
After losing their series opener to the Sharks in Calgary last year, the
Flames won the final three meetings between the clubs, taking both games at HP
This game is also a rematch of last year's Western Conference quarterfinals, a
series won in seven games by the Sharks.
11/13 12:39:44 ET