Flyers at Sharks: Preview, Where to Watch, and Odds

Flyers' Cam Atkinson
PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 20: Philadelphia Flyers Right Wing Cam Atkinson (89) skates with the puck during the first period of a National Hockey League game between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers on October 20, 2021, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire)

Lately, home is not where the heart is.

The Philadelphia Flyers (5-6-1) were 3-0-0 to begin the season at the Wells Fargo Center. After a shutout rout to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, they’ve lost four straight in regulation on home ice.

“I like the group. I don’t think the LA [Kings] game is a five-nothing game, but I don’t think we played that well. We played in spurts, but I think we’ll answer the proper way.”

John Tortorella; 11/6/2023

John Tortorella ices a lineup against the lowly San Jose Sharks (0-10-1). They’re a team that’s been bullied by everyone to begin the season. Sam Ersson (1-2-1) will start against Mackenzie Blackwood (0-6-1).

San Jose Sharks

No one is throwing a pity party for the Sharks. They took on the western side of Pennsylvania on Saturday at the ‘Shark Tank,’ losing 10-2 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. David Quinn was very short with the media following the loss, agreeing that his players want to get out of this funk badly; they’re doing too much on their own.

“That’s exactly what happened.”

David Quinn; 11/4/2023

Jacob McDonald (1G, 1A) was one of three skaters to have a multiple-point evening for San Jose. He joined Anthony Duclair and Tomas Hertl, which ought to at least alert Tortorella if Quinn decides to turn those three into a line during the game.

Here’s the tentative lineup for the San Jose Sharks, per Max Miller:

Eklund-Hertl-Zetterlund
Zadina-Granlund-Duclair
MacDonald-Sturm-Labanc
Smith-Carpenter-Kunin

Ferraro-Emberson
Vlasic-Burroughs
Okhotiuk-Rutta

Blackwood
(Kahkonen)

Philadelphia Flyers

Sean Couturier returns to the lineup. Rasmus Ristolainen (undisclosed) and Marc Staal (ribs) miss tonight due to injury. Victor Mete and Morgan Frost are healthy scratches. The Sharks seem like the perfect opponent to break a few forwards out of an offensive funk, which would’ve included Frost, but in this case, the powerplay unit needs to score.

“Execution, we’re tinkering with different things, as far as the looks that we have on it. We generate five scoring chances the other night on it against LA [Kings]; we come up empty. Rocky’s [Thompson] working hard at it. We’re not going to just blow it up; we’re trying different people in different spots on it, and see what happens. We’ll just continue to work at it.”

John Tortorella; 11/6/2023

Cam Atkinson (6G, 3A) had five shots on goal versus the Kings. In the shutout, he remained active in even-strength, powerplay, and shorthanded scenarios, finding scoring chances, but the execution wasn’t there.

Here’s the tentative lineup for the Philadelphia Flyers:

Tippett-Couturier-Atkinson
Konecny-Laughton-Foerster
Farabee-Cates-Brink
Deslauriers-Poehling-Hathaway

York-Sanheim
Zamula-Walker
Belpedio-Seeler

Ersson
(Petersen)

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Game Information

You can watch the Flyers visit the Sharks at the ‘Shark Tank’ on NBC Sports Philadelphia. The radio broadcast will be on 97.5 the Fanatic and Flyers Radio 24/7. The puck drops at 10:30pm.

(Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire)