Sunday, March 31, 2019

NHL Game Preview: Calgary Flames vs. San Jose Sharks - 3/31/2019 - 8:05 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Calgary Flames vs. San Jose Sharks - Date: 3/31/2019 Time: 8:00 PM EDT Venue: SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, CA, 95113 / Their first division title since 2005-06. Handicapper Directory. Their first conference crown since 1989-90. It's been an incredible season for the Calgary Flames already, and they have the opportunity to accomplish both of those feats as early as Sunday night. When Calgary kicks off its final road trip of the regular season at the San Jose Sharks, a victory in any fashion will clinch both goals. Baseball Picks. The Flames (48-23-7, 103 points) are six points ahead of the Sharks (44-25-9, 97 points) in the chase for the Pacific Division and the Western Conference titles. Both clubs have four games remaining." It's been a lot of fun coming to th e rink this year," captain Mark Giordano told the team's website. "We've been a pretty consistent team, which is I think what we're most proud of. Sports Handicapper Tracker. There have been bumps here and there, but we've been able to recover and get our game back pretty quickly. That's what we need to do." Calgary arrived in Northern California having won seven of its last 10, the latest a 6-1 shellacking of the Anaheim Ducks on home ice on Friday. This year's edition of the Flames, whose road trip also includes stops in Los Angeles and Anaheim before the home finale against the Edmonton Oilers, have already equaled the most points in a season since the Stanley Cup-winning team of 1988-89 (they also had 103 in 2005-06). They've scored more goals (275) than in any year since 1993-94 and won more games (48) than any squad since 1988-89." As a group, we love the style of play," Giordano said. "We're aggressive, we're in the other team's face, and it's just going to get more and more exciting the next couple of weeks." The Sharks snapped a seven-game losing skid with a 4-3 overtime win over the Vegas Golden Knights at home Saturday night to kick off a rare weekend set with home dates on consecutive nights. San Jose, which clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs by beating Vegas, has road games in Vancouver and Edmonton before concluding the season at home vs. the Colorado Avalanche. Barring a Calgary collapse and San Jose running the table to finish the season, the Sharks will host the Golden Knights in the first round of the playoffs, and Saturday's affair was quite the prelude, with plenty of nastiness during an entertaining tilt." We needed an emotional game," Sharks head coach Pete DeBoer said. "We knew this was a team we're going to see in the pl ayoffs. We know the history with them -- they make you play the right way and a physical game." The energy in the building and the teams. There was a lot at stake. It might as well been a playoff game." The Sharks were without captain Joe Pavelski and standout defenseman Erik Karlsson due to injury, but overcame the situation and won for the first time in a few weeks. But don't tell the coach that Saturday's win was a turning point." We've been good all year. We're a pretty good team," DeBoer said. "We needed a win to solidify home ice and we needed a win mentally because we haven't found a way lately, although our play hasn't been as bad as our record." There's no corners turned or dramatic changes -- we played good hockey all year, and I think that's going to continue." --Field Level Media

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