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Flyers desperate to end four-game losing streak against Sharks

The Philadelphia Flyers welcome to the San Jose Sharks to Philadelphia after the Sharks barely survived their 3-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday to end their two-game losing streak. Goalie Adin Hill had to put up a clinic of 37 saves to stave off Rasmus Dahlin and crew. The club scored three goals in the first period and then clung for dear life. This should be a closer matchup for Philadelphia after getting stomped out of Pennsylvania by the Pittsburgh Penguins in their 6-2 loss Thursday.

Shocker folks, we also have another player injured. Looks like Derick Brassard tweaked his hip and is back on day-to-day maintenance for the Philadelphia Flyers. Jackson Cates will draw back in after being activated from COVID protocols.

Faceoff gurus should enjoy this matchup. San Jose comes into tonight at 51.4% (10th) and the Flyers defend their ground with a slight edge of 53.7% (6th). Two players to keep your eye on tonight are Timo Meier and Cam Atkinson. Meier has recorded 7 points in his last 5 games, and Atkinson has put together 5 points in his last 5 games.

PHI Record: 13-15-6

SJS Record: 18-16-1

When: 7:00pm ET

Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

PHI Goalie: Martin Jones

SJS Goalie: Adin Hill

PHI Unofficial Lineup

Joel Farabee – Scott Laughton – Cam Atkinson

Max Willman – Kevin Hayes – James van Riemsdyk

Oskar Lindblom – Morgan Frost – Gerry Mayhew

Jackson Cates – Patrick Brown – Zack MacEwen

Cam York – Justin Braun

Nick Seeler – Rasmus Ristolainen

Keith Yandle – Kevin Connauton

Martin Jones

Carter Hart

SJS Unofficial Lineup

Alexander Barabanov – Tomas Hertl – Timo Meier

Andrew Cogliano – Nick Bonino – Matt Nieto

Jonathan Dahlen – Jasper Weatherby – Noah Gregor

Jonah Gadjovich – Scott Reedy – Jeffrey Viel

Mario Ferraro – Brent Burns

Jaycob Megna – Ryan Merkley

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Radim Simek

Adin Hill

Zach Sawchenko

Last Game PHI: 6-2 L vs Penguins

Last Game SJS: 3-2 W at Sabres

News and Notes

– Flyers History (2002): Dopamine in Dopita! On this night in 2002, the “Mark Messier of Europe”, Jiri Dopita, scored 4 goals (on 4 shots!!!) and recorded an apple against the Atlanta Thrashers in a 7-4 win. Other goals were scored by John LeClair, Ruslan Fedotenko and Justin Williams. ZERO Flyers players have accomplished the 4-goal feat since Jiri Dopita. Jiri’s career in the NHL had never taken off as many desired, but this night embodied the work of his play that many National Hockey League clubs believed he could be.

– The Flyers organization did not say happy birthday to the late Ed Snider on what would’ve been his 89th birthday. Needless to say, people are pretty upset. Mr. Snider’s daughter, Sarena, had a few words of her own to share.

– This is the final meeting between the Flyers and Sharks this season. The Sharks defeated Philadelphia back on December 30th in overtime 3-2 at SAP Center at San Jose.

Broadcast Info: NBC Sports Philadelphia, ESPN+, 97.5 The Fanatic


PHI – Travis Konecny (COVID protocols), Travis Sanheim (COVID protocols), Claude Giroux (COVID protocols), Ivan Provorov (COVID protocols), Sean Couturier (upper-body), Nate Thompson (shoulder), Sam Morin (lower-body), Ryan Ellis (lower-body), Derick Brassard (hip)

SJS – Erik Karlsson (upper-body), Jacob Middleton (upper-body), James Reimer (lower-body), Kevin Labanc (upper-body), Nikolai Knyzhov (upper-body), Rudolfs Balcers (lower-body), Logan Couture (COVID protocols), Lane Pederson (COVID protocols)

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