Scouting Report: San Jose Sharks
CALGARY, AB -- The offensively dominant San Jose Sharks have sputtered.
Though they’re fifth in the league with 165 goals for this season, the Sharks have been blanked in back-to-back outings, the latest coming Wednesday night at the hands of Ben Scrivens and the Edmonton Oilers. San Jose fell 3-0 despite launching an incredible 59 shots at the Oilers netminder, who set an NHL record for saves in a 60-minute shutout. That loss followed a 1-0 blanking by Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings on Monday.
But the Sharks have found ways to get offensive against the Calgary Flames this season, scoring 12 goals in three victories this season.
This Season: 34-14-6, 74 points (4th in West)
Last Season: 25-16-7, 57 points (6th in West)
Notable Injuries: San Jose defenseman Scott Hannan (upper body) and forward Marty Havlat (lower body) returned Wednesday. Forwards Logan Couture (hand), Tomas Hertl (knee), Adam Burish (lower body) and Raffi Torres (knee) remain on injured reserve.
Flames Season Series Record: 0-2-1
Before being shut out in back-to-back games, Pavelski was on fire. The 29-year-old had a five-game point streak with seven goals and three assists before seeing his Sharks get blanked twice in a row. Pavelski’s 28 goals this season trail only Alex Ovechkin’s 38.
Burns, like the rest of his teammates, hasn’t been able to generate any offense over the past two games. Further, the 28-year-old defenceman-turned-forward has just one assist in his past six games and three points in his past nine. His last goal came on Jan. 5, too.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Stalock, who could get the nod in net against the Flames after Antti Niemi started Wednesday in Edmonton, has been particularly stingy this season. The 26-year-old is 7-3-0 with a 1.56 goals against average and .943 save percentage. He was the goalie of record in San Jose’s 3-2 overtime win over Calgary on Nov. 12.
Marleau, who will represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, continues his impressive season. The 34-year-old is 16th in NHL scoring with 22 goals, while his 48 points place him 21st. With a point against the Flames, he could avoid matching his season-high slump of three games without getting on the score sheet.
Thornton is the last player on record to score a goal for the Sharks, coming as the winner in a 3-2 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Thornton, also 34, leads the NHL with 47 assists this season and paces all Sharks skaters with 55 points.