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Flyers at Sharks: Lines, gamethread and where to watch

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Things could look a little different tonight.

Oct 9, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier (28) scores a goal past Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Elliott (37) during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight, the San Jose Sharks (16-20-3, 8th Pacific) and the Philadelphia Flyers (21-11-5, 4th Metropolitan) will play one another for the first time this season. It’s certainly a tale of two different teams.

After last night's overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings, the Sharks are the Pacific Division basement dwellers. Meanwhile, the Flyers are sitting in the first wildcard spot in the East. If the season ended today, the Sharks would be a lottery team without a first round draft pick and the Flyers would be lacing up their skates for the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Flyers are riding a four-game winning streak, most recently a 5-1 win over the New York Rangers on Monday night. The Sharks are riding a four-game losing streak and are 1-7-2 in their last 10 games.

Travis Konecny leads the visiting team with 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists). Meanwhile, James van Riemsdyk leads the team with 12 goals this season.

And then there’s the return of Justin Braun, who is making his first return to San Jose since the off-season trade.

In net for the Flyers, Carter Hart is the team’s leading goaltender. He’s 13-7-3 for the season with a .916 save percentage. Backup Brian Elliott is just as capable 8-4-2 with a .903 save percentage.

The Flyers' lineup is expected to be the same as it was against the Rangers, but there may be a small change game time. Forward Scott Laughton has reportedly been activated off of injured reserve after working through a pulled groin. It sounds like young Andre Andreoff is being sent down to the minors making room for Laughton.

Head Coach Bob Boughner was not pleased with how the Sharks played last night against the Kings. In particular, he was displeased with the play of Timo Meier and Kevin Labanc. Both were benched for more than half of the third period and Boughner hinted at some changes tonight.

The lineup won’t be in until just before game time, but since there were no call ups from the Barracuda it’s hard to imagine both will be benched. Here’s what NHL.com is predicting, we’ll see if that’s what happens.

Since there was no morning skate, I’m going to use the lineup from last night’s game with the caveat that something could change at gametime.

Lines

Sharks

Evander KaneLogan CoutureBarclay Goodrow
Timo MeierTomas Hertl — Kevin Labanc
Marcus SorensenJoe ThorntonPatrick Marleau
Melker KarlssonJoel KellmanStefan Noesen

Brenden DillonBrent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic — Erik Karlsson
Radim SimekMario Ferraro

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Flyers

The lines below are courtesy of our friends at Broad Street Hockey. The Laughton is questionable, but everything else looks right.

Claude GirouxSean CouturierTravis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk — Kevin HayesJoel Farabee
Scott Laughton — Morgan FrostJakub Voracek
Nicolas Aube-KubelMikhail VorobyevTyler Pitlick

Ivan ProvorovMatt Niskanen
Travis SanheimJustin Braun
Shayne GostisbeherePhilippe Myers

Carter Hart
Brian Elliott

Where to watch

Puck drop from SAP Center will be at 7:30 PT/10:30 ET. Tonight’s broadcast will be available on NBC Sports California in the Bay Area and on NBC Sports Philadelphia for the visitors’ market. Streaming will be available on NHLtv. The radio call will be on 98.5 KFOX or available to stream through the Sharks + SAP Center app.