Alex Stalock will get a rare start in net as the Sharks take on the Flyers for a Saturday morning matchup that could have serious draft lottery implications. San Jose starts the day 21st in the NHL's overall standings, which would likely net them the tenth overall pick were the season to end today. A regulation loss to Philadelphia would close the Flyers, currently 23rd, to within two points of the Sharks. In other words, a loss this morning moves the Sharks just two points ahead of the 8th overall pick and 6% Connor McDavid odds accompanying it.
Tale Of The Tape
|36-30-8, 80 points
||Record||30-29-16, 76 points|
|5th in Pacific||Rank||5th in Metropolitan
Projected Sharks Lineup
Joe Pavelski - Joe Thornton - Melker Karlsson
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tomas Hertl
Matt Nieto - Chris Tierney - Tommy Wingels
Daniil Tarasov - Ben Smith - Barclay Goodrow
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Matt Irwin - Brent Burns
Scott Hannan - Brenden Dillon
Projected Flyers Lineup
Michael Raffl - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek
Brayden Schenn - Sean Couturier - Matt Read
Vincent Lecavalier - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Chris VandeVelde
Zac Rinaldo - Nick Cousins - Ryan White
Nicklas Grossmann - Mark Streit
Michael Del Zotto - Nick Schultz
Carlo Colaiacovo - Brandon Manning
Matt Nieto scored with 12 seconds remaining in the third period to break a 1-1 deadlock and give the Sharks their second straight win of what would turn out to be a stretch of nine wins in ten games.
- Andrew MacDonald and Wayne Simmonds for Philadelphia are out for the rest of the season after sustaining injuries in the Flyers' win over Chicago earlier in the week.
- Stalock was in net for the Sharks' 7-3 win in Philadelphia last season.