Scouting Report: San Jose Sharks
CALGARY, AB -- The Stanley Cup Playoffs can’t come soon enough for the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks, currently second in the Western Conference and one of just three teams in the NHL to hit the 100-point plateau, have won seven of their past nine games and have just one regulation loss in their prior 10 outings. San Jose has picked up points in 13 of the past 15 games, too.
Further, the Sharks have won five of their past six games on the road, too, heading into Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday as they get primed for the postseason.
This Season: 46-18-8, 100 points (2nd in West)
Last Season: 25-16-7, 57 points (6th in West)
Notable Injuries: Sharks forward Tomas Hertl (knee) and defenseman Brad Stuart (upper body) are on injured reserve. Forward Raffi Torres (knee) is also out.
Flames Season Series Record: 1-2-1
Despite just one win in his previous three starts following a five-game winning streak, Niemi has been exceptional of late for the Sharks. The 30-year-old has allowed just seven goals in his past four games and has a .935 save percentage over the same span. In 57 starts this season, Niemi is 35-14-7-4 with a 2.33 goals against average and .914 save percentage.
Though he sits fourth in the League with 34 goals, Pavelski has struggled to produce consistently of late. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound forward has just one assist to show for in his past five contests. The drought comes after a stretch of 12 points in eight games for Pavelski, who has 67 in 72 games this year.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Marleau, second on the Sharks in goals (30) and third in points (62), has been especially hot of late with four goals in his past six games. With his goal Saturday, the Olympic gold medalist from Sochi has eclipsed the 30-goal plateau for the seventh time in his career.
MARC EDOUARD VLASIC
Vlasic, who won gold alongside Marleau in Sochi, has been particularly effective for San Jose this season. The former Quebec Remparts standout has 24 points, his highest output since the 2008-09 season. His plus-32 rating also ranks him third overall in the NHL.
With back-to-back multi-point games before being shut out against the Washington Capitals on Saturday, Burns hit the 20-goal mark for the first time in his career. The defenceman-turned-forward is also producing at the best clip of his career at 0.66 points-per-game in 59 games.