The San Jose Sharks move on after a porous effort against the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon. They head to Philadelphia where they’ll be looking to bounce back against the Sharks. There was a lack of an effort from the Sharks, as the Isles were the much better team and deserved a win in that one. There was one goal by the Isles when the Karlsson line was on the ice which was just a pathetic effort all the way around.
The Islanders won the battle in the corner and they passed it out front with nobody there to cover. It’s something you don’t want to see out Karlsson and Brent Burns. It certainly isn’t an effort to expect out of two Norris winning defenceman. In any event, we all have off days, and the Sharks didn’t come out to play just like the Golden Knights did yesterday afternoon. The odd start time on a Monday likely hurt both west coast squads on the road. Nevertheless, they can’t just pit all of the blame on that. Karlsson and Burns playing out of position and giving little effort will be noticed regardless.
They don’t have much time to dwell on yesterday, as they have a quick turnaround on the road. The play the Flyers on a back-to-back, which may not be the worst thing ever. Like I’ve said before, after such a bad game it’s often best to get right back on the ice rather than have to sit around for a day. The Sharks will be without Joe Thornton in the near future after hitting the IR.
The team found out that there isn’t any structural damage to his knee, so it’s the best news they could have heard. Thornton is unavailable for the duration of this four-game east coast trip. On the other side, the Flyers will be without newcomer James van Riemsdyk for 5-6 weeks with a lower-body injury. While the Sharks have other forwards who can pick up the slack without the services of Joe Thornton, the Flyers’ depth is going to be tested without van Riemsdyk. Ron Hextall will have to reshuffle the lines and act like they didn’t sign him in the offseason. The Flyers are coming off a 5-2 loss in Colorado against the Avalanche. Head below for our free Sharks vs. Flyers pick.
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The Sharks will look to backup Aaron Dell on this back-to-back. This will be his first appearance of the season after appearing in 29 games a season ago. He finished with a 2.64 GAA and 0.914 save percentage in his sophomore campaign. Dell earned that spot following a 2.00 GAA and 0.931 save percentage as a rookie. It’s been a rough start for the Sharks’ starting netminder, Martin Jones.
Jones allowed 3 goals yesterday to bring his save percentage to 0.859. The Sharked moved to 1-2 with the loss against the Islanders on Monday. Jones will likely be back between the pipes against the Rangers on Thursday. A couple of nights should help him out, but if Dell plays well when he has his chances and Jones doesn’t respond, he might see his minutes start to slip. Dell has been stellar against the Flyers, with a 1.00 GAA and 0.962 save percentage in three games.
Without van Riemsdyk, Hextall will face his first predicament with his lines. They got him to add some offence to the team, which is essentially the only thing he’s good for in front of the net, and now that cog is missing. Losing Thornton is no fun, but the Sharks are still armed with Joe Pavalski, Logan Couture, and Tomas Hertl up-front.
The Sharks have long dominated this series against the Flyers and playing in Philadelphia hasn’t bothered them at all. They are 9-1 in their previous ten games in Philadelphia, as well as 18-3-2 overall in the last 23 meetings with the Flyers. And note that the Flyers are 0-5 in their last five when they’ve have extended rest with 2 nights rest between games. The Sharks will likely come out and play hard after a sad display on Monday against the Islanders. Consider the Sharks in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.