9:07 pm
November 9

Sharks @ Flames

Who will WIN this matchup?

San Jose Sharks (6-4-1)

@ Calgary Flames (7-1-3)


Starting Goalies:

Adin Hill (SJ): Confirmed

Jacob Markstrom (CGY): Confirmed


Current odds:

San Jose Sharks: (+195)

Calgary Flames: (-235)


More than three weeks into their season, the Calgary Flames surprisingly are in the NHL’s upper echelon, a far cry from last season’s non-playoff squad. After suffering their lone regulation-time defeat in the season opener, the Flames have a 10-game point streak, during which they have seven wins. Calgary will look to extend their point streak when they host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday night.

The offensive touch shown by the Flames isn’t generally the calling card of Sutter squads, but the defensive play definitely falls under the expectations of a Sutter-coached squad. As a result, goaltender Jacob Markstrom already has a career-high four shutouts, the latest in Saturday’s 6-0 win over the New York Rangers.

The Sharks arrive in Calgary struggling — a 3-2 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils has them on a two-game skid — and shorthanded due to a COVID-19 outbreak that has more than a half-dozen players, plus coach Bob Boughner, out of action. Though it, the Sharks went 2-2-1 in a five-game homestand before embarking on a five-game trip.

When and who the Sharks will have back remains to be seen, but it’s not expected that any of them — Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc, Matt Nieto, Erik Karlsson, Jake Middleton, Radim Simek and Marc-Edouard Vlasic — will return for this game. So hanging tough and keeping in the middle of the Pacific Division standings until they are back to a full complement is about the best they can hope for right now.

StreakSmarter Pick
Calgary Flames