Preview: Flyers host Sharks in second back-to-back this week

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Flyers' Joel Farabee
PHILADELPHIA, PA – JANUARY 13: Philadelphia Flyers Right Wing Joel Farabee (86) skates on the ice during the game between the Pittsburg Penquins and the Philadelphia Flyers on January 13, 2021 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Finishing their second back-to-back of the week, the Philadelphia Flyers (4-1-0) host the San Jose Sharks (1-6-0) at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia.

San Jose Sharks

San Jose will complete a four-game road trip in Philadelphia tonight. On Saturday, they fell, 2-1, to the New Jersey Devils.

Similar to the Flyers last season, the Sharks are having second-period struggles. In the middle frame, they’re outscored 16-4 and outshot by a margin greater than 50.

Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl are cold at the start of the season. Meier has two points (2A) in seven games. Hertl (1G, 1A) hasn’t scored since the team traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, to begin their season. Both players will be on the top line tonight and they hope to provide a much-needed spark for a struggling Sharks team.

Oskar Lindblom makes his return to Philadelphia! A beloved player during his time with the Flyers, Lindblom was bought out during the summer. He signed a 2yr/$5mil contract with the Sharks.

Here’s the projected lineup for the San Jose Sharks:

Meier-Hertl-Barabanov
Bonino-Couture-Kunin
Svechnikov-Strum-Labanc
Lindblom-Lorentz-Nieto

Harrington-Karlsson
Vlasic-Benning
Ferraro-Simek

Reimer
(Kahkonen)

Philadelphia Flyers

Following the 3-1 win against the Nashville Predators last night, the Flyers look to continue their hot start to 2022-2023.

Joel Farabee didn’t make the stat sheet heading into Nashville. Leaving Nashville, “Philly Joel” was music to the ears of Philadelphia. His fingerprints were on every scoring play, totaling three points (1G, 2A) for an offensive eruption. Farabee is starting to dial in after undergoing surgery in the offseason.

The Flyers continue to be outshot, and Carter Hart played a pivotal role to secure the win once again. Hart is 4-0-0 to begin the new season, carrying a 94.9%SV, and a 1.75GAA. Philadelphia isn’t possessing the puck more than their opponents, adding emphasis onto Hart and his performances.

Kevin Hayes is also on an early hot streak. He has eight points (1G, 7A) in five games. Hayes lit the lamp for the first time last night, courtesy of Farabee.

Here’s the projected lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers:

Farabee-Hayes-Konecny
Laughton-Cates, N-Allison
van Reimsdyk-Frost-MacEwen
Deslauriers-Sedlak-Laczynski

Provorov-DeAngelo
Sanheim-Braun
Seeler-Zamula

Sandstrom
(Hart)

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Moneyline: Philadelphia Flyers (-130)
Anytime Scorer: Tomas Hertl (+175)
Anytime Scorer: Joel Farabee (+195)

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Game Information

The Philadelphia Flyers will host the San Jose Sharks at 7pm on NBC Sports Philadelphia. The radio broadcast is available on 97.5 the Fanatic and Flyers Radio 24/7.

(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

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