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Saturday, October 19th (All times Eastern)

Calgary Flames (3-1-2) at San Jose Sharks (6-0-1), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks failed to match last season's record-setting start, but have still yet to lose in regulation. They'll look to get back into the win column on Saturday night when they host the Calgary Flames.

The Sharks won their first six games of the season before suffering a 4-3 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars on Thursday. That left them one win shy of last season's franchise-best 7-0 start to the campaign.

After failing to match that run, San Jose will try to avoid a repeat of the slump it fell into last season after suffering its first loss. The Sharks went 0-4-3 in the seven games following their 7-0 beginning.

Tyler Kennedy scored nine seconds into the setback versus the Stars for the second-fastest goal to begin a game in Sharks history. Stephane Matteau scored eight ticks into a loss to St. Louis on Jan. 1, 2000.

Patrick Marleau and Matthew Nieto added goals and Antti Niemi made 28 saves, but yielded the lone shootout tally.

"We are disappointed we didn't get the two points but we probably didn't play well enough," Sharks head coach Todd McLellan admitted.

While the Flames have split their first six games of the season, they didn't suffer a regulation loss until Wednesday's 3-2 setback to Anaheim.

Lee Stempniak and Jiri Hudler scored, while Joey MacDonald gave up three goals on 22 shots as Calgary was denied a third straight win in the opener of a five-game road trip.

"A couple of individual mistakes but at the same time, you can't fault the effort," Calgary head coach Bob Hartley said. "We battled back but you know, we dug ourselves a big hole and we couldn't come out of it."

Hudler has notched a point in each of Calgary's first six games, totaling three goals and five assists, while Marleau has six goals and nine points over a season-opening, seven-game point streak for the Sharks.

San Jose has won seven of its past 10 against Calgary, including five of the previous six meetings at home.

Niemi is 10-2-1 with a 2.13 goals against average in 13 games (12 starts) against the Flames, who are expected to start Karri Ramo in tonight's meeting.

Ramo will make his second start of the season and lost his only other outing against the Sharks, giving up seven goals on 42 shots faced. That encounter came back on Jan. 13, 2009 when Ramo was with Tampa Bay.

10/19 10:32:59 ET

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NY Rangers4@theRink | TV: TSN, CNBC, CSN-PHI, MSG
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Chicago32nd Prd 8:09 | Box
St. Louis2@theRink | TV: NBCSN, CSN-CHI, FSN-MW
Western Conference Quarterfinals, Game One.
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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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