The San Jose Sharks take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at SAP Center. This is the first time the two teams will meet this season.
Backup goaltender Aaron Dell will start for the Sharks, meaning Martin Jones will play tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Kings.
Dell has appeared in five career NHL games, including four starts. He has a .926 save percentage and 2.16 goals against average.
The Sharks have been criticized this season for overworking Jones and not allowing Dell to play more despite his successful 3-1-0 record. Jones has played the second most minutes in the league, behind only Cam Talbot of the Edmonton Oilers.
This is Philadelphia’s second road game since the Christmas break; they lost 6-3 to the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. The Flyers finish up their road trip on Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks.
|22-12-1 (45 Points)||Record||20-3-4 (44 Points)||San Jose|
|1st in Pacific||Div. Standing||5th in Metropolitan||San Jose|
|7-3-0||Last 10 Games||6-3-1||San Jose|
|83.7%||Penalty Kill||80.9%||San Jose|
|77||Goals Against||114||San Jose|
|+13||Goal Differential||-1||San Jose|
San Jose Sharks
Marleau – Thornton – Pavelski
Labanc – Couture – Boedker
Meier – Tierney – Donskoi
Karlsson – Haley – Ward
Vlasic – Braun
Martin – Burns
Dillon – Schlemko
Raffl – Giroux – Voracek
Schenn – Couturier – Simmons
Leier – Cousins – Weise
VandeVelde – Bellemare – Lyubimov
Provorov – MacDonald
Del Zotto – Manning
Shultz – Gostisbehere