|PHI||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
|SJS||0||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||5|
|Martin Biron stops Jeremy Roenick during a game at the Wachovia Center last season. (Getty Images)|
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.
|Oct 22 '08||SJS 7 at PHI 6 - SO||J. Pavelski|
|Oct 18 '08||PHI 4 at SJS 5 - ot||D. Boyle|