By Greg Dempson
San Jose Sharks vs Calgary Flames
Following a franchise record of 11 consecutive victories the Calgary Flames have lost 3 out of 4 at home with their most recent setback a 2–1 loss hosting Arizona. Kari Ramo gets the start in goal tonight for the Flames. Ramo has played well vs. the Sharks with a record of 4–1–0 with a GAA of 1.39 GAA in his last five starts. He’s also started the New Year with stellar goaltending sporting a GAA of 1.01 in three starts.
San Jose’s goalie hasn’t been confirmed as of this report. If we see Martin Jones in goal tonight, he was pulled from his latest start vs. the Flames in Calgary after giving up three goals on 14 shots. If he doesn’t get the call then it will be Alex Stalock who is 1–2–1 with a 2.15 GAA vs. Calgary.
Between the Pipes
· In the past three seasons San Jose hasn’t been up to the task when playing a team that is outscored by an average of 0.8 goals per game with a record of 27–32 and -33.20-units.
· The past two seasons Calgary is 44–36 and +83.20-units against excellent power play teams-scoring on 17.5% or more of their chances.
· In the first half of the season for the past three seasons San Jose is 22–26 and -20.60-units when playing against a team with a losing record.
· The past two seasons Calgary is 32–23 and +58.70-units when playing only their second game in five days.
· The past two seasons San Jose is 26–42 and -34.80-units when playing their third game in five days.
· Calgary is 31–21 and +52.90-units vs. division opponents the last two seasons.
· San Jose is 2–8 after playing two consecutive home games this season as well as 19–26 and -19.10-units after playing a game where 7 or more total goals were scored the last two seasons.
My Every Edge NHL Game of the Night is on the Calgary Flames at +111 on the money line.