SAN JOSE — Sharks coach Todd McLellan said he isn't spending much time thinking about who the Calgary Flames might start for Monday's game at SAP Center.
In Saturday's game at Vancouver, the Flames started a line of tough guys Brian McGrattan, Kevin Westgarth and Blair Jones. Canucks coach John Tortorella countered with a line of Tom Sestito, Dale Weise and rookie Kellan Lain. A line brawl ensued in the first two seconds of the game, with 142 penalty minutes doled out in the first five minutes.
McLellan said he was more concerned with his team starting their four-game home stand on the right note after they wrapped up a 3-0 road trip through Washington, Florida and Tampa Bay. The Sharks enter Monday's game in second place in the Pacific Division with 68 points, 11 points back of first place Anaheim.
"What happens if Doug Wilson signs Wayne Gretzky or Bobby Orr today? Like, where do I play them?" McLellan said, clearly ready for the question. "I can't worry about hypothetical situations. They get to start their lineup. We get to start ours.
"We've got to score one more goal than they do tonight. Points are huge for our team, it's a must, and that's our goal."
That message was echoed by several Sharks players Monday as they seek their third straight win against the Flames this season.
"Come out and establish our game. We can't worry about what they're going to do or what happened," Sharks forward Joe Pavelski said. "We have to play a fast game early, get the crowd into it. We're excited to be home for a bit. Got to start it out right."
Flames coach Bob Hartley brushed aside an inquiry about if he had any regrets about Saturday's game.
"That's two days ago. Elvis is dead and it's time to move on," Hartley said.
Tortorella faces the possibility of suspension after he sought retribution against Hartley after the first period of Saturday's game, as he met with NHL officials in New York on Monday.