Flyers-Sharks: Game 3 Preview


(Photo: Kate Frese)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers opened the season out west and split the two games there. Now, they finally get to play in front of their home fans for a regular season game.

They get a pretty tough opponent to face in the home opener too.

The San Jose Sharks come to Philadelphia with tremendous defensive depth, a solid goalie and forwards who can contribute, but also a 1-2-0 record after a 4-0 loss to the Islanders on Monday afternoon.

Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P San Jose Sharks GP G A P
Wayne Simmonds 2 2 0 2 Evander Kane 3 2 0 2
Robert Hagg 2 1 1 2 Timo Meier 3 1 0 1
Mikhail Vorobyev 2 1 1 2 Kevin Labanc 3 1 0 1
Claude Giroux 2 0 2 2 Tomas Hertl 3 1 0 1
Jake Voracek 2 0 2 2 Justin Braun 3 0 1 1
Player to Watch
40 Jordan Weal 9 Evander Kane
Last 5 Games: N/A Last 5 Games: 2 G, 0 A, 2 P, E
Jordan Weal enters the lineup and has big shoes to fill with James van Riemsdyk out of the lineup. Back on the wing and in his first game action of the season, he's worth watching just to see how he fits with his linemates.
Scoring has been at a premium early for the Sharks — just five goals in three games — but Evander Kane has two and has also torched the Flyers for eight goals and 20 points in 22 games in his career.
Goalie Matchup
37 Brian Elliott 30 Aaron Dell
1-1-0, 3.03 GAA, .898 SV% 0-0-0, -.– GAA, — SV%

Despite another strong start in Colorado, Brian Elliott was on the losing end of a 5-2 decision. He allowed four goals in the game, but made a number of stellar saves keeping the Flyers in the game until late in the third. Elliott will start again in the home opener on Tuesday.

Aaron Dell gets his first start of the season after Martin Jones started the first three games for the Sharks. The Sharks are fresh off a 4-0 loss on Monday afternoon to the Islanders and Dell has two wins in three starts against the Flyers in his career.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: James van Riemsdyk, Michal Neuvirth, Corban Knight, Alex Lyon

Scratches: Dale Weise, Christian Folin

Left Wing Center Right Wing
28 Claude Giroux 14 Sean Couturier 93 Jake Voracek
23 Oskar Lindblom 19 Nolan Patrick 11 Travis Konecny
40 Jordan Weal 24 Mikhail Vorobyev 17 Wayne Simmonds
21 Scott Laughton 15 Jori Lehtera 12 Michael Raffl
9 Ivan Provorov 53 Shayne Gostisbehere  
6 Travis Sanheim 3 Radko Gudas  
8 Robert Hagg 47 Andrew MacDonald  
37 Brian Elliott    

Lineup Notes

With James van Riemsdyk out of the lineup with injury, Jordan Weal comes back in as the third-line left winger. Radko Gudas also re-enters the lineup in place of Christian Folin. The Flyers also stick with a line swap from Saturday's game with Jake Voracek on the top line and Travis Konecny on the second line.

Sharks Projected Lineup

Injuries: Joe Thornton

Scratches: Dylan Gambrell, Tim Heed, Radim Simek

Left Wing Center Right Wing
28 Timo Meier 8 Joe Pavelski 68 Melker Karlsson
48 Tomas Hertl 39 Logan Couture 62 Kevin Labanc
9 Evander Kane 40 Antti Suomela 27 Joonas Donskoi
20 Marcus Sorenson 60 Rourke Chartier 23 Barclay Goodrow
44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic 65 Erik Karlsson  
47 Joakim Ryan 88 Brent Burns  
4 Brenden Dillon 61 Justin Braun  
30 Aaron Dell    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-18th), Sharks (T-23rd)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (11th), Sharks (T-20th) 
  • Recent History vs. Sharks
    • Oct. 4, 2017 – Flyers 5, Sharks 3 (at SJ)
    • Nov. 28, 2017 – Sharks 3, Flyers 1 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Sharks
    • Wayne Simmonds – 28 GP, 9 G, 4 A, 13 P
    • Claude Giroux – 15 GP, 8 G, 4 A, 12 P
    • Jake Voracek – 22 GP, 2 G, 10 A, 12 P
    • Brian Elliott – 14 GP, 7-4-1, 2.60 GAA, .919 SV%

Where to Watch
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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