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Sharks vs. Flyers Preview: It's a trap

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San Jose has a chance to win four-straight...if they avoid playing down to their competition.

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When the Sharks hosted Columbus a few weeks ago, I wrote that it wasn't really a trap game because the Blue Jackets weren't really as bad as their record would indicate. Let me start by saying the opposite about the Philadelphia Flyers. They are bad, they should feel bad and also — they are bad.

The Flyers ran 27th in corsi-for percentage (even strength, score adjusted) and 27th in goals-for per 60 (1.6 at even strength) and while their goals-against per 60 is respectable, it's largely because they're getting great goaltending. So, this is a game the Sharks should win pretty handily. So, naturally, this is a game worth being a little concerned over.

Tale Of The Tape
San Jose Sharks

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10-8-0, 20 points Record 6-8-4, 16 points
t-2nd in Pacific Rank 6th in Metropolitan
51.8%
Score-Adj. Fenwick 46.2%
99.3
PDO 98.1
15.1
PP% 14.8
76.8
PK% 75.4

4PM PDT | Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TV: CSN-CA, CSN-PH | Radio: SJSharks.com98.5 KFOX
Know Your Enemy: Broad Street Hockey

Projected Sharks Lineup

Melker KarlssonJoe ThorntonJoe Pavelski

Nikolay GoldobinPatrick MarleauJoel Ward

Joonas DonskoiTomas HertlTommy Wingels

Matt NietoChris TierneyMike Brown

Marc-Edouard VlasicJustin Braun

Paul MartinBrent Burns

Brenden DillonMatt Tennyson

Martin Jones

Alex Stalock

Projected Flyers Lineup

Brayden Schenn – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek

Matt Read – Sean Couturier – Wayne Simmonds

Taylor Leier – Scott Laughton – Sam Gagner

Michael RafflPierre-Edouard Bellemare – Chris VandeVelde

Michael Del Zotto – Radko Gudas

Nick Schultz – Luke Schenn

Brandon Manning – Shayne Gostisbehere

Steve Mason

Michal Neuvirth

Last Meeting

It took a shootout, but the Sharks downed the Flyers.

Storylines

  • Patrick Marleau is just a point away from tallying his 1,000th.
  • The Sharks have a three-game winning streak going in general and against the Flyers. Let's move 'em both to four.
  • Martin Jones is getting another start. He'll (hopefully) start against Pittsburgh on Saturday, too, with Stalock getting the nod on Sunday.
  • The Flyers' special teams are even weaker (by percentages) than the Sharks — could be a good opportunity to pump up San Jose's numbers.