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Flames vs Sharks: Pacific Division NHL Foes Clash in the Shark Tank

Flames vs Sharks: Pacific Division NHL Foes Clash in the Shark Tank
Heading into their last thirty games of the 2015-16 National Hockey League season, San Jose and Calgary clash at the Shark Tank tonight with their respective playoff pushes definitely cranked up a notch or two. The Sharks have risen to second in the Pacific Division standings while the Flames are just four points clear of the NHL Western Conference basement and nine points behind San Jose. This is the fourth of five meetings and game time is schedule for 10:30 PM ET on February 11, 2016, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

San Jose Sharks: Picking up the pace on their home pond

Decent out of the starting gate, posting a 14-9-0 record during the first two months of the season, December was a disaster as San Jose closed out 2015 on a 4-7-2 slide. January opened with a pair of home losses to Winnipeg (4-1) and Detroit (2-1) but the Sharks have streaked to a  9-2-2 record during their last thirteen contests. Sitting with a 10-12-2 record in games played at the Shark Tank, San Jose is second last when it comes to points earned on home ice. The Sharks have been better on their own pond recently as they are 5-0-2 during their last seven matches in Silicon Valley. San Jose scored wins in two of the first three meetings outscoring Calgary by a slim 12-10 margin.  

Calgary Flames: 2015 playoff darlings have been largely doused so far this season

Engulfed by plenty of self-induced turmoil, the Flames are probably happy to be leaving Calgary as they head into San Jose and then on to Arizona for a back-to-back two-game mini road trip to the sun. Internal off-ice conflicts aside, the Flames have won three of their last four games – including a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday. The Flames top scorers, Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, were healthy scratches (disciplinary) and Calgary almost let a 4-1 lead slip away in that contest. Calgary went 4-6-1 in January and the Flames have flickered throughout the season as they are 24-25-3 overall. The Stampede City Crew sit seven points behind Nashville who own the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. We expect a spirited effort from the young Flames here.

San Jose vs Calgary Call: Karri Ramo (17-18-1 GAA 2.56) faces Alex Stalock (3-5-1 GAA 2.76) in a somewhat uninspiring goaltending duel tonight. After Jonas Hiller started the last two games, Ramo is back in net for Calgary and he has posted a 2-6 record despite allowing just 19 goals during his last eight starts. Sharks backup Stalock makes his twelfth appearance this season and his 2.18 GAA average at home is much better than his 3.24 mark on the road. Being as there have been five or more goals scored, during five of the last six matches in this series, there isn’t much reason to expect a low scoring affair in the Tank tonight. As such, give us a five-unit wager on the OVER +5 goal total price posted at SportsInteraction. Get in the game via the odds image below.

San Jose Sharks vs Calgary Flames – SportsInteraction NHL Wagering Lines

San Jose Sharks vs Calgary Flames – SportsInteraction NHL Wagering Lines

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