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|
Flyers Projected Lines
Sharks Projected Lines (Massive Guessing)