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Flyers vs. Oskar Lindblom’s Sharks: Lines, Notes & How to Watch

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Philadelphia Flyers game, San Jose Sharks

Back from the break, the Philadelphia Flyers (11-17-7) will begin their yearly holiday West Coast trip. That will start with Thursday’s matchup against Oskar Lindblom and the  San Jose Sharks (11-19-6) at 10:30 p.m.

Both teams are toward the bottom of the league standings with the Flyers in 28th place and the Sharks at 29th.

This will be the Sharks’ second game since returning. Their last game wasn’t pretty. They will be coming in off a 6-2 blowout against the Vancouver Canucks. Bo Horvat and Ilya Mikheyev had four points in the victory. Timo Meier scored both San Jose goals.

In Philadelphia’s case, its last game was Friday, a 6-5 loss in Carolina. Despite the close final score, Carolina controlled most of the play. Sam Ersson made his NHL debut, while Travis Konecny and Scott Laughton scored shorthanded goals. Those third-period tallies cut the lead to 6-5, but the Flyers couldn’t complete the comeback.

“For me to come back in and be able to make some saves was something I could take with me at least,” Ersson said after the loss.

Ersson will get another chance to show what he can do as we will start against the Sharks. Carter Hart, currently in concussion protocol, will make the trip and could be cleared as soon as Saturday.

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The Philadelphia Flyers and Sharks last played on Oct. 23. James Reimer recorded a 30-save shutout in San Jose’s 3-0 victory. James van Riemsdyk would leave the game after breaking his finger whilst blocking a shot. He would miss about six weeks. Nine Sharks recorded a point in the win.

This will be the second time this season that the Flyers will face former teammate Lindblom, 26, who has six points (2-4) in 34 games with the Sharks. The Flyers bought out his contract in July.

Things haven’t trended well for either team this season. So expect this to be a very sloppy game. The Flyers need to play much better in front of Ersson this time around.

Expected Flyers lines

van Riemsdyk – Frost – Tippett

Farabee – Cates – Konecny

Hayes – Laughton – Allison

Deslauriers – Brown – MacEwen

Defense:

Provorov – York

Sanheim – DeAngelo

Seeler – Ristolainen

Goalie:

Sam Ersson

Expected San Jose lines

Meier – Couture – Barabanov

Neito – Hertl – Labanc

Bonino – Sturm – Svechnikov

Gregor – Lorentz – Lindblom

Defense:

Megna – Karlsson

Simek – Vlasic

Ferraro – Harrington

Goalie:

Kaapo Kahkonen

Special Teams:

Flyers Power Play: 15.2%, 31st

Flyers Penalty Kill: 74.5%, 24th

Sharks Power Play: 22.8%, 14th

Sharks Penalty Kill: 84.9%, 2nd

Breakaways

Meier has eight points in 11 career games against the Flyers. … He is first on the team in goals (20) and second in points (36). Kahkonen (3-7-2) has struggled between the pipes for the Sharks, posting a 3.83 GAA and a .872 save percentage. Ersson (0-1) will be looking for a much better outcome to help deflate his 6.33 GAA and .833 save percentage.

This is only the Flyers’ fifth road game against the Western Conference. They are 1-1-2 thus far.

Philadelphia is 4-8-6 on the road this season, having earned a point in seven of their last 13 road games.

The Flyers have scored four shorthanded goals in the last four games, with Konecny leading the way with the first two of his career.

How to Watch:

TV: NBCSP | Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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