Posted March 13, 2012 on AP on Fox
Ten points separated the Calgary Flames from the San Jose Sharks at the beginning of February, though Calgary's recent surge has coincided with San Jose's swoon to close the gap. The Flames host the Sharks in a crucial Western Conference matchup Tuesday night with both teams looking to get back into the playoff picture. Calgary (32-25-12) has won three straight games including Sunday's 4-3 victory over Minnesota, and has earned at least a point in 15 of 18 contests since Feb. 3. The Flames are currently 10th in the West, two points behind eighth-place Colorado. San Jose, meanwhile, has gone 5-11-3 since Feb. 3, dropping out of first place in the Pacific Division and all the way down to ninth in the conference, one point ahead of Calgary. The Sharks (34-25-9) were able to halt a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win at Edmonton on Monday, but the concern of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003 remains. Calgary coach Brent Sutter said he's aware of ...
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