NHL Preview and Free Pick: San Jose Sharks vs. Calgary Flames

A showdown of two of the top teams in the Western Conference highlights tonight’s busy NHL
schedule. The San Jose Sharks are on the road to face off with the Calgary Flames, a team they trail
by just four points in the standings.

Date/Time/TV: Thur. Feb.7, 9:00 PM EST, ESPN+

Money Line: San Jose Sharks +115, Calgary Flames -135

Total: 6.5

Game Preview

The Sharks are riding a three-game winning streak heading into tonight’s affair. Two of those
victories have come on the road, including a 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday. For the
season, San Jose is 31-16-7 and in 3rd place in the west with 69 points.
The Flames sit atop the conference with 73 points and a mark of 34-14-5. The club also picked up a
road victory last time out on Sunday, winning 4-3 over the Carolina Hurricanes for their second
victory in their last three games.

San Jose Sharks

Both clubs have been playing really well as they get set for this evening’s game. San Jose is 7-3-0 (6-
4 O/U) over their last 10. The team is in the middle of the pack on the road at 13-12-2 thus far. The
Sharks are 2-3 in their last five away games.

Starters haven’t been confirmed as of yet, but it’s looking like it will be Martin Jones between the
pipes. He’s 25-10-4 this season with a 2.92 GAA and .897 save percentage. For his last five, Jones is
3-2 with 21 goals allowed. Joe Pavelski leads the team with 29 goals, while Brent Burns is tops with
48 assists.

Calgary Flames

The Flames are a sizzling 8-1-1 (9-1 O?U) over their last 10. The team is stout at home with a record
of 17-14-3. Calgary is 4-1 for its last five on the home ice, with the lone loss over that span coming
to the Buffalo Sabres in OT.

David Rittich has the probable tag for the game. He’s 20-4-4 on the year with a 2.49 GAA and .918
save percentage. Over his last five contests, Rittich is 4-1 with 14 goals against. Johnny Gaudreau is
the team’s top threat with 29 goals and 45 assists. Sean Monahan is next up with 27 goals and 35
helpers.

Sharks vs. Flames Prediction

This will be the third meeting of the season for these two squads. The teams have split the first two,
with the home team picking up the win both times. Calgary picked up a wild 8-5 win on New Year’s
Eve, and they have won three of the last four meetings.
It should be another entertaining one tonight between two of the best that the west has to offer. We
like the hosts to skate away with the victory when all is said and done.

San Jose Sharks vs. Calgary Flames Pick: Calgary Flames -135

Christopher Feery

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