Flyers (8-9-7, 23 PTS) vs. Sharks (12-8-2, 26 PTS)
Previous Meeting: 10/04/17 Flyers 5, Sharks 3
The Philadelphia Flyers won’t have much time to reflect on their latest loss as they take to the ice Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks at 7. The game comes less than 24 hours after the Flyers lost their eighth straight, this one to the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-4 in overtime.
The losing streak started with an inability to score and has morphed to unreliable goaltending, bad starts, poor penalty and squandering leads. At this point, it almost feels like “what flavor of loss will it be” when the Flyers have a game on their schedule, but for the eighth time, the team will try to put an end to the bleeding.
As for the Sharks, they are fourth in the tough Pacific Division and won their last game on Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets, 4-0. In the third period of the win, starting goalie Martin Jones, but made it through the game. Jones is listed as day-to-day, but backup Aaron Dell will get the start.
Even if Jones wasn’t injured that may be a good thing for San Jose. Dell has faced Philly just twice, but pitched a shutout in one and allowed just two goals in a losing effort in the other.
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Philadelphia: Flyers’ Line Combinations (Courtesy of Daily Faceoff)
These were the lines the Flyers and coach Dave Hakstol went with last night. It would be a pleasant surprise to see Taylor Leier and Jordan Weal back in the lineup for Dale Weise and Jori Lehtera, but there has not been any news on roster decisions. Brian Elliott played a strong game last night, but with back-to-back games, Michal Neuvirth may draw the start.
Giroux – Couturier – Voracek
Martel – Patrick – Simmonds
Raffl – Filppula – Konecny
Weise – Laughton – Lehtera
Provorov – MacDonald
Gostisbehere – Hagg
Sanheim – Manning
San Jose: Sharks’ Line Combinations
The Sharks have a winning record, but the usual offensive threats are off to a slow start. Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl have 14 points in 22 games and Joe Pavelski has 11. Most surprisingly, though, Brent Burns has just three goals and seven assists. However, Logan Couture has scored 13 goals and 10 players have eight points or more this year. Melker Karlsson makes his return tonight, but the Sharks will be without injured forward Melker Karlsson and defenseman Paul Martin. It also appears Kevin Labanc, who has four points in three games against the Flyers, will be a healthy scratch.
Meier – Thornton – Pavelski
Donskoi – Couture – Hertl
Boedker – Tierney – Hansen
O’Regan – Karlsson – Ward
Vlasic – Braun
Dillon – Burns
DeMelo – Heed
THREE STORYLINES TO WATCH
The Flyers played last night in Pittsburgh and had to travel back to Philly. The Sharks are playing their first game in a four-game road trip, all against Eastern Conference foes. The Flyers will be fatigued from the Penguins and the Sharks will still be adjusting to the Eastern time zone. Who will be affected more by their respective travel?
Realistically, Philly did all that they should have needed to do to earn a win last night. The team rallied after giving up the first goal and took the lead back after losing a two-goal favor. Most nights, the Flyers would have ended with a win. Bad luck continues to follow the team, but it has to come to an end at some point and they have a lot to build on from Monday.
The Flyers’ penalty kill has been bad over their losing streak. Their discipline has been even worse. The Sharks, though, aren’t lethal on the man advantage this year, carrying a 16.88 percent success rate at 22nd in the league. The lowest power play Philadelphia has faced during the losing streak is the Vancouver Canucks’ at 15th. It may be a break the Flyers need.