The San Jose Sharks (26-32-4, 6th in Pacific) and the Philadelphia Flyers (35-20-7, 3rd in Metropolitan) are a tale of two teams headed in entirely different directions. The Sharks, as we know, were sellers at the NHL Trade Deadline, sending Barclay Goodrow to the Tampa Bay Lightning and Patrick Marleau to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Brenden Dillon was sent to the Washington Capitals just a few days before that.
Philly, meanwhile, decided to add some depth players at the deadline. The team brought in prospect Nathan Noel, forward Derek Grant and forward Nate Thompson to build up its forward depth for a postseason run. Grant and Thompson are expected to be in the lineup tonight. According to our friends at Broad Street Hockey, Joel Farabee and Connor Bunnaman were sent to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to make room for the newest acquisitions.
The only other time these two teams played was in December at SAP Center, when some Sharks fans still believed there was hope for the postseason. The Sharks won handily, 6-1 thanks to a hat trick by Timo Meier and a 26-save performance by Martin Jones. Erik Karlsson (out for the season), Tomas Hertl (out for the season), Logan Couture (game-time decision), Patrick Marleau (traded), Barclay Goodrow (traded), and Brenden Dillon (traded) were all in the lineup that night.
Aside from Couture, who is said to be a game-time decision, none of them will be in the lineup tonight.
It’s possible Couture could play his first game since his injury on Jan. 7 against the St. Louis Blues tonight. Kevin Kurz of The Athletic believes there’s more than a 50 percent chance Couture plays.
Dell in goal tonight, and Couture is 50-50 per Boughner, although Logan did come off before the presumed scratches. So, I think it’s better than 50-50, myself.— Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) February 25, 2020
We’re penciling him into our lineup as well.
On Philadelphia’s side of the ice, this is the projected lineup according to our friends at Broad Street Hockey.
Claude Giroux — Sean Couturier — Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton — Kevin Hayes — Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk — Derek Grant — Tyler Pitlick
Michael Raffl — Nate Thompson — Nicholas Aube-Kubel
Ivan Provorov — Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim — Philippe Myers
Shayne Gostisbehere — Justin Braun
Where to Watch
Puck drop from Wells Fargo Center is at 4 PT/7 ET. This afternoon’s broadcast will be available on NBC Sports California in the Bay Area and on NSPA in the Flyers’ market. Streaming will be available on NHLtv.
Note that there will not be a radio call on 98.5 KFOX tonight. Instead, the Sharks will be hosting an interactive audio broadcast on the Sharks + SAP Center app.
New for this four-game road trip!— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) February 19, 2020
We're introducing an interactive and extended audio broadcast - and it will be available on the #SJSharks app.
Note that we will not be on terrestrial radio, including KFOX.
HOW TO LISTEN: https://t.co/usOVIIVXNx pic.twitter.com/o4vGGajYTL