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Sharks visit Flyers in Afternoon Delight

Sharks visit Flyers in Afternoon Delight

The San Jose Sharks play an early game against the Philadelphia Flyers, who on paper the Sharks should be able to handle provided they can get their special teams together.  They look superior on paper anyway, but unfortunately for the Sharks, the games are not played on paper and when they have hit the ice they have looked more like the Titanic than the team currently sitting on top of the Pacific Division.  Now whenever the Sharks go east you will hear the excuses of time zones, fatigue and much more in order to lessen the sting of the losses.  The reality is that the Sharks well into the second half of their schedule and should be physically ready for what may come at this point.

The most concerning thing is that there is not really one thing to point at to say this is what’s wrong.  Sure Martin Jones has been better and is better than the 4.11 GAA and .868 SV% he has accumulated since they played the Coyotes on February 2 but the concerns of his schedule are still very real.  The issues have been systemic, though, Chris Tierney, Justin Braun among others have had a stretch of games to forget. The Sharks forward group appears to be a puzzle where all the pieces are present (with the exception on Donskoi) and yet it is nearly impossible to put together. Now let me be clear, I’m not even hitting the panic button yet but this is a trend that cannot continue if the Sharks are going to want to make a deep run this spring.

Head to Head

 

Philadelphia Flyers San Jose Sharks Advantage
26-22-7, 59 pts. Record 33-18-4 70 pts.
5th Metropolitan Div. Standing 1st Pacific
4-5-1 Last 10 Games 6-2-2 Sharks
21.2% (10th) Power Play 17.4% (19th) Flyers
80.8% (17th) Penalty Kill 80.5% (19th) Flyers
145 Goals For 151 Sharks
167 Goals Against 132 Sharks
-22 Goal Differential +19 Sharks

Flyers Projected Lines

Brayden SchennClaude Giroux – Wayne Simmonds
Jordan WealSean CouturierJakub Voracek
Michael Raffi – Nic Cousins – Matt Read
Chris VandeVelde – Pierre-Edouard Bellmare – Roman Lyubimov

Ivan Provorov – Andrew McDonald
Mark StreitShayne Gostisbehere
Brandon ManningRadko Gudas

Micheal Neuvirth
Steve Mason

Sharks Projected Lines (Massive Guessing)

Tomas HertlJoe ThorntonJoe Pavelski
Patrick MarleauLogan CoutureKevin Labanc
Mikkel Boedker – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Timo MeierMicheal HaleyMelker Karlsson

Paul MartinBrent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden DillonDavid Schlemko or Tim Heed

Aaron Dell
Martin Jones

About Ian Reid

Ian is the Director of Content for Pucknology. He is a lifelong Sharks fan based in Canada. In three short years Ian has come a long way starting from his own blogspot and going on to write for RSENReport.com, Last Word on Hockey before settling in at Pucknology. You can also find Ian's work as a contributor at FearTheFin.com. On the podcast side of things he was a co-host of the now defunct Teal Tinted Glasses podcast as well as a regular on Pucknology After Dark and host of the Pucknology Writers Room.

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