Flyers-Sharks Preview/Game Notes
Gagne/Timonen - Oct. 18
Stevens/Knuble - Oct. 17
Flyers change game time for Oct. 25
OTF: Knuble back with Briere, Gagne
Tonight is the fifth game of the year and third game in the Flyers three-game road trip, as they take on the San Jose Sharks... This is also the first game of a home-and-home series, the first of the year, as they will and return home to face the Sharks at the Wachovia Center on Wednesday, Oct. 22…The Flyers dropped their only game against San Jose last season by a score of 2-1 on Feb. 21... Martin Biron owns a 2-2-0 lifetime record against the Sharks, posting a 1.67 goals-against average, while defenseman Kimmo Timonen
has 20 points (5G,15A) in 31 career games against San Jose... Philadelphia has a record of 0-3-1 for one point through its first four games of the season (5th in the Atlantic Division and 15th in the Eastern Conference)... The Flyers have scored eight of their 10 goals this season in the second period...Simon Gagne has a four-game goal-scoring streak, while Mike Richards
has recorded points in three of his first four games and Danny Briere
has assists in three of his last four games...The Flyers earned their first point of the season after dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday... Tonight's game will be Comcast SportsNet's second regular season Flyers road game broadcast in HD. This season all Flyers home and away games broadcast on Comcast SportsNet will be broadcast in high definition.
Lifetime vs. San Jose
|Martin Biron stops Jeremy Roenick during a game at the Wachovia Center last season. (Getty Images)
This is the first of two meetings this year against San Jose... The Flyers are winless in their last seven games against San Jose, going 0-5-2 overall and 0-3-1 at San Jose, where they have not won since Nov. 5, 1999... The Flyers' last win against the Sharks was on Dec. 21, 2000, 4-3 at home, however Philly owns the all-time series against the Sharks with a record of 13-8-4.
February 21, 2008: San Jose 3, FLYERS 1 at Wachovia Center: The Sharks scored two third-period goals to break a 1-1 and defeated the Flyers, 3-1. Mike Knuble scored the only goal for the Flyers. Joe Thornton posted two assists to lead the Sharks. Goaltender Martin Biron allowed three goals on 40 shots faced to record the loss. Stars of the Game: 1st - Evgeni Nabokov; 2nd - Milan Michalek; 3rd - Douglas Murray.
TOTAL MAN-GAMES LOST TO INJURY: 13
Derian Hatcher (D): Out Indefinitely
Ryan Parent (D): Out Indefinitely
Randy Jones (D): Out Indefinitely
October 13 - Flyers acquired defenseman Andrew Alberts from Boston in exchange for forward Ned Lukacevic and a conditional pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The Flyers have scored 10 goals this season averaging 2.50 goals per game... They have allowed 17 goals in three games this season (4.16 GAA).
Power Play - Philadelphia has scored three goals on 26 power-play attempts (11.5%)... They have gone 2-for-13 (15.4%) at home and 1-for-13 (7.7%) in two road games thus far... Penalty Kill - The Flyers successfully killed 22 of 27 power plays against this season (81.5%), including nine of 10 attempts at home (90%) and 13 of 17 attempts on the road (76.5%)... The Flyers have two shorthanded goals this season, including a shorthanded penalty shot goal scored by Simon Gagne on Oct. 16 at Colorado. (Scott Hartnell
vs. NY Rangers, 10/11/08).
The Philadelphia Flyers will try for their first victory of the season when they visit the Sharks on Saturday night to conclude a three-game road trip.
Coming off a season where it recorded 95 points and reached the Eastern Conference finals, Philadelphia (0-3-1) is on the verge of going winless through its first five games for the first time since 0-4-1 with a tie to open the 1999-2000 season.
"We play like it's preseason right now," said Simon Gagne of the Flyers, who are one of two winless teams in the league. "We're not ready to play. We don't battle. We don't do the little things right now. We're looking for the easy game ... We keep playing like that, it's going to be tough to win a game this year."
Gagne scored his fourth goal in four straight games and Mike Richards
added his third as the Flyers fell 5-2 at Colorado on Thursday, two nights after earning their first point with a 3-2 overtime loss to Pittsburgh to open the trip.
"We got outworked and didn't win any puck battles," said coach John Stevens of the Flyers' most recent loss in which he met with team captains for 15 minutes afterward. "I mean, when you do all the little things so poorly, we ended up being a very easy team to play against."
Philadelphia will likely need to improve on the power play in order to be successful. Second in the NHL converting on 21.8 percent of its power-play chances last season, Philadelphia is 3-for-26 (11.5 percent) with the man-advantage so far.
Martin Biron made 29 saves on Thursday and has allowed 13 goals in three contests this season. He is 2-2-0 with a 1.67 goals-against average versus San Jose.
Facing the Sharks (4-1-0) won't make it any easier for the Flyers to end their slide.
Though San Jose fell for the first time with a 4-0 defeat at Anaheim on Friday, the Sharks have outscored their opponents 12-4 while going 3-0 at home to start this season. San Jose will also be looking for its fourth straight victory over Philadelphia, and the fourth in five contests against the Flyers at home.
Jonathan Cheechoo had a goal in San Jose's 3-1 win at Philadelphia on Feb. 21 in the teams' most recent meeting. Cheechoo leads the Sharks with three goals this season, and has three with two assists in four career games versus the Flyers.
On Friday, Evgeni Nabokov allowed all four goals in the first 20 shots after giving up four total in his first three starts for San Jose, which went 0-for-7 on the power play. The Sharks hope to turn things around after going 3-for-25 with the man-advantage through five contests.
"It wasn't that we just mailed it in. We competed pretty hard and it just didn't go our way," said San Jose's Todd McLellan, who suffered his first loss as an NHL head coach
Though Nabokov is 3-0-0 with two ties and a 1.63 GAA against Philadelphia, he could be rested in this back-to-back situation. Backup Brian Boucher made 21 saves in a 1-0 win at Los Angeles on Sunday in his first start of the season.
Boucher is 0-2-0 with a 4.05 GAA versus the Flyers, the club with which he spent his first three NHL seasons from 1999-2002.
The teams will meet again on Wednesday in Philadelphia to complete a cross-country home-and-home set.