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Aaron Dell Gets Start as Sharks Face Flyers

Overview

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.

Comparison

San Jose Philadelphia Advantage
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
16.4% Power Play 22.1% Philadelphia
83.7% Penalty Kill 80.9% San Jose
90 Goals For 113 Philadelphia
77 Goals Against 114 San Jose
+13 Goal Differential -1 San Jose

Projected Lineups

San Jose Sharks

Marleau – Thornton – Pavelski

Labanc – Couture – Boedker

Meier – Tierney – Donskoi

Karlsson – Haley – Ward

Vlasic – Braun

Martin – Burns

Dillon – Schlemko

Dell

Jones

Philadelphia Flyers

Raffl – Giroux – Voracek

Schenn – Couturier – Simmons

Leier – Cousins – Weise

VandeVelde – Bellemare – Lyubimov

Provorov – MacDonald

Del Zotto – Manning

Shultz – Gostisbehere

Mason

Neuvirth

About Drew Weber

Drew Weber is a lover of hockey and abuser of analytics. Prior to joining Pucknology, he covered the San Jose Sharks and Team USA for The Hockey Writers and contributed briefly to Fear the Fin. You can follow him on Twitter at @puck_over_glass.

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