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Sharks vs. Flyers preview: San Jose looking for just second regulation win streak

Flyers come to San Jose having lost nine of their past ten games.

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San Jose hasn't won back-to-back games in regulation since their first two games of the season. Coming off a 6-4 win over Anaheim on Saturday, they'll be trying to do just that tonight when they host the Philadelphia Flyers. They'll have to do so without defenseman Matt Tennyson who was scratched for the win against the Ducks after playing his first NHL game in two seasons versus the Calgary Flames last Wednesday. Tennyson was reassigned to Worcester this morning as the Sharks will ice the same blueline that defeated Anaheim. Philadelphia comes into this game having lost 9 of their last 10 and sitting 26th in the league standings. Hopefully the Sharks wont' play down to a terrible opponent this time.

Tale Of The Tape
Philadelphia Flyers

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San Jose Sharks
8-12-3, 19 points
Record 11-10-4, 26 points
6th in Metropolitan Rank 5th in Pacific
47.2%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 51.7%
99.5
PDO 98.7
22.2
PP% 23.8
73.8
PK% 82.9

7PM PST | SAP Center | San Jose, California
TV: CSNCA-HD | Radio: SJSharks.com, 98.5 KFOX
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Projected Sharks Lineup

Tye McGinn - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels
Tomas Hertl - James Sheppard - Matt Nieto
John Scott - Andrew Desjardins - Mike Brown

Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon - Brent Burns
Matt Irwin - Scott Hannan

Antti Niemi
Alex Stalock

Projected Flyers Lineup

Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek
Brayden Schenn - Scott Laughton - Wayne Simmonds
R.J. Umberger - Sean Couturier - Matt Read
Vincent Lecavalier - Chris VandeVelde - Zac Rinaldo

Nicklas Grossmann - Mark Streit
Nick Schultz - Braydon Coburn
Michael Del Zotto - Luke Schenn

Steve Mason
Ray Emery

Last Meeting

Joe Pavelski scored his first career hat trick, Raffi Torres scored twice in his return from knee surgery and Logan Couture added a pair of goals himself as the Sharks routed the Flyers 7-3 in Philadelphia in their first game after the conclusion of the 2014 Olympic break.

Storylines
  • The Punch Line of Scott, Desjardins and Brown appears to be intact heading into tonight as Barclay Goodrow is the Sharks' likely healthy scratch up front joining fellow rookie Mirco Mueller in the press box.
  • Antti Niemi unsurprisingly gets the start for the Sharks with Alex Stalock reportedly not quite ready to do more than back up. Steve Mason will likely be between the pipes for Philly.
  • Flyers owner Ed Snider sounded off on his struggling team yesterday.