San Jose Sharks (38-23-9) at Calgary Flames (35-26-10)
|Date & Time||Friday March 16, 2018, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Calgary Flames -135 / San Jose Sharks +122 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The San Jose Sharks look to build on their win in Edmonton on Wednesday night as they take on the Calgary Flames on Friday.
The Sharks earned a pivotal second point in overtime against the Oilers on Wednesday night as they continue their pursuit for a playoff spot and with a victory here against the Flames they can move a full seven points clear of them in the Pacific division. San Jose currently occupies the second seed in the division, trailing the Golden Knights by 10 points and are only three up on the Kings with an equal number of games played which makes this one against the Flames a huge show down as it would create a nice pad between them and the wild card teams. San Jose is an impressive 12-2 in their last 14 games against Pacific division foes but just 3-7 in their last 10 Friday games and with the home team sporting a 5-1 mark in the last six meetings between these two sides the trends don’t favour San Jose in this spot.
The Flames meanwhile are quickly falling out of favour in the Western Conference playoff picture and their play on home ice has been a huge reason why as they are a disappointing 3-9 in their last 12 in Calgary. The Flames need to get their offense rolling as they haven’t been playing an inspiring game in the defensive zone, but with Mike Smith back in the crease the Flames should be playing with a bit more confidence and a show down here against the Sharks would be the statement win they need to get back into the mix for one of the three divisional slots, and at the very worst a wild card berth.
The Sharks are 5-2 in their last seven overall and 4-0 in their last four against the West while the Flames are 2-7 in their last nine Friday games and 15-5 in their last 20 playing on two day’s rest. The Flames need a win here or else they could be in deep trouble and in desperation mode expect a strong effort from them on home ice.