(SportsNetwork.com) – The San Jose Sharks hope to keep their offense on track
Tuesday night as they resume a lengthy homestand against the Philadelphia
The Sharks halted an 0-2-2 skid with a 6-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks on
Saturday. That came in the fourth contest of a six-game residency and saw San
Jose net more than three goals for the first time in 10 games.
Logan Couture scored twice and Tommy Wingels had four points off a goal and
three assists as the Sharks scored more than three goals in a home game for
the first time since a 5-4 loss to Columbus on Oct. 23.
Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl and Matt Nieto also lit the lamp and Antti Niemi
stopped 30-of-34 shots in the win.
“Hopefully, we can use tonight to turn the season around,” Wingels said. “We
were able to find ways to score.”
The Flyers figure to be a good opponent for the Sharks to stay hot against.
They beat them 7-3 in the last meeting on Feb. 27 in Philadelphia and are
12-1-0 with two ties in the last 15 encounters.
Philadelphia did halt a seven-game winless streak (0-5-1 with a tie) in San
Jose the last time in headed out west, but comes into this meeting having lost
four in a row and eight of its last nine.
The Flyers were recently swept in a home-and-home series with the New York
Rangers, losing 5-2 on Saturday to begin a five-game road trip.
Philadelphia had been shut out at home the previous day versus the Rangers and
got goals from Nicklas Grossmann and Jakub Voracek in Saturday’s rematch,
while Ray Emery allowed four goals on 34 shots.
“We have a really good team. We just have to build that confidence and, I know
it’s a cliche, but get that first win and build from it,” said Flyers forward
Vincent Lecavalier. “We’ve had spurts of playing the right way but not
Lecavalier won’t be in the lineup tonight for the Flyers, as the veteran
forward will be a healthy scratch for the first time in his career. The 34-
year-old Lecavalier, who has two goals and four assists in 16 games this
season, told the Philadelphia Daily News he won’t suit up for tonight’s game.