Philadelphia Flyers 23 pts (8-9-7)
San Jose Sharks 26 pts (12-8-2)
7 p.m. ET
Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 FM The Fanatic
PHI 5 @ SJS 3
SJS @ PHI
Jakub Voracek, 29
Logan Couture, 19
Sean Couturier, 14
Logan Couture, 13
Jakub Voracek, 22
Joe Thornton, 11
The Flyers enter tonight’s contest the losers of eight straight games after a devastating overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Monday night.
At least tonight is Hockey Fights Cancer Night which will serve as a distraction before the game starts. Madeline Swanson, from Warminster, PA, will be dropping the ceremonial puck tonight. Swanson is battling leukemia and celebrating her 10th birthday today.
Dave Hakstol did not hold a morning skate today after playing last night in Pittsburgh. We will assume that he will skate the same lineup of skaters. Michal Neuvirth is expected to start in goal tonight.
The Flyers will be looking for the season sweep of the Sharks tonight as they beat them 5-3 in San Jose on opening night. Wayne Simmonds had a hat trick that night along with single goals from Claude Giroux and Jordan Weal. The Flyers had three power play goals on five chances.
Martin Jones, who gave up four goals on 30 shots on opening night, will not be uniform tonight. He traveled with the team, but is out with a lower-body injury. Aaron Dell will start tonight’s game with his 2.23 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. The recently recalled Antoine Bibeau will serve as his backup.
Probable Flyers lineup
Claude Giroux - Sean Couturier - Jakub Voracek
Danick Martel - Nolan Patrick - Wayne Simmonds
Michael Raffl - Valtteri Filppula - Travis Konecny
Dale Weise - Scott Laughton - Jori Lehtera
Ivan Provorov - Andrew MacDonald
Shayne Gostisbehere - Robert Hagg
Travis Sanheim - Brandon Manning
Michael Neuvirth (2-4-1, 2.59 GAA, .916 save %, 1 SO)
Probable Sharks lineup
Timo Meier - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Tomas Hertl - Logan Couture - Joonas Donskoi
Mikkel Boedker - Chris Tierney - Jannik Hansen
Melker Karlsson - Daniel O'Regan - Joel Ward
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon - Brent Burns
Dylan DeMelo - Tim Heed
Aaron Dell (2-3-1, 2.23 GAA, .920 save %, 1 SO)
D-Paul Martin (ankle) out, C-Barclay Goodrow (undisclosed) out, G-Martin Jones (lower-body) day-to-day