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Game #19 - Sharks at Flyers - Nov 19 2015 - 7:00 ET


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http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Bill-Meltzer/Flyers-Gameday-111915-vs-SJ/45/72621

 

Projected lineups (subject to change, will be updated)

 

Flyers

 

10 Brayden Schenn - 28 Claude Giroux - 93 Jakub Voracek
24 Matt Read - 14 Sean Couturier - 17 Wayne Simmonds
58 Taylor Leier - 21 Scott Laughton - 89 Sam Gagner
12 Michael Raffl - 78 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -76 Chris VandeVelde

 

15 Michael Del Zotto - 3 Radko Gudas
55 Nick Schultz - 22 Luke Schenn
23 Brandon Manning - 53 Shayne Gostisbehere

 

30 Michal Neuvirth / 35 Steve Mason

 

Scratches: Evgeny Medvedev (healthy), Vincent Lecavalier (healthy), R.J. Umberger (suspected foot injury), Mark Streit (LTIR, displaced public plate), Ryan White (IR, suspected shoulder injury).

 

Sharks

 

68 Melker Karlsson - 19 Joe Thornton - 8 Joe Pavelski
83 Matt Nieto - 12 Patrick Marleau - 42 Joel Ward
27 Joonas Donskoi - 48 Tomas Hertl - 57 Tommy Wingels
38 Micheal Haley - 50 Chris Tierney - 18 Mike Brown

 

44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic - 61 Justin Braun
7 Paul Martin - 88 Brent Burns
4 Brenden Dillon - 41 Mirco Mueller

 

31 Martin Jones
[32 Alex Stalock]

 

Scratches: Nikolay Goldobin (healthy), Ben Smith (healthy), Matt Tennyson (healthy), Logan Couture (IR, fractured fibula).

 

Should be a good game i hate i'm going to miss it i'll be driving come back from a visit home. Oh well Go Flyers!!!

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5 things to watch in Game 19: Flyers vs. Sharks

 

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/sports/nhl/flyers/flyer-files/2015/11/19/5-things-watch-game-19-flyers-vs-sharks/75987668/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

 

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

 

1. The most exciting part about the Flyers the last two games has been defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere. He is now quarterbacking the top power-play unit in the absence of Mark Streit and looks like he'll be sticking around for the six weeks that Streit is out. At least.

“I think he’s been hyped, rightfully so,” said Wayne Simmonds, one of the Flyers on the top power-play unit. “He goes out there, does the right thing. You can see his work habits in practice. You see if he makes a little mistake, you can see the anger in his face to get every single play right. He’s a really good player and he’s going to continue to develop.”

 

 

2. Tuesday was a loss for the Flyers, but getting a point in overtime may have been enough for them to see progress in their season. With the L.A. Kings leading the Pacific Division and the Flyers being with them step-by-step until the skills competition, they feel like they may be on the right track. The question is: can they keep it going against the Sharks?

“It was the first time in 18 games that we played really good hockey,” said Jake Voracek, who missed time in the second period when a puck cut his lower lip, requiring stitches. “I think what we did well today, we were moving well through the neutral zone on entries. Me and (Claude Girous) were skating really well and (Brayden Schenn) had a couple good looks as well. I think it was the best game so far for our line this year.”

 

 

3. Patrick Marleau, in the news recently because of trade rumors, is sitting on 999 career points, all with the San Jose Sharks. He scored a goal Tuesday night in Boston and is now one away from 1,000.

“It’s one of those things where you’re going to look back and say it was a neat accomplishment," Marleau told CSN Bay Area. "It took a lot of games, a lot of years, but well worth it.”

 

 

4. Keep an eye on the defensemen tonight because sooner or later the Flyers have to be looking to find a way to get Evgeny Medvedev back in the lineup. He's sat out the last two games as a healthy scratch, the Flyers say, and earlier missed five games with a concussion.

“I expected him to hit some bumps,” general manager Ron Hextall said. “It seems as play got ramped up in the regular season he hit some bumps, but we still expect him to be a productive player. We didn’t think there wasn’t going to be any bumps along the way. That’s for sure.”

 

 

5. Expect the Flyers to let Steve Mason get the start so that he can get on a roll for the first time this season. In 16 career games against San Jose he has a 6-8-2 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and .920 save percentage. Martin Jones is likely to get the start for the Sharks. He has never faced the Flyers in his career. So far this year he has a 9-5-0 record this season with a 2.25 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

 

Enjoy.....

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Flyers' Manning steps up, with Gostisbehere's help
 

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/351496851.html

 

And to piggyback on this. Ghost has steadied Manning for sure...certainly make him more tolerable to watch.

 

I think when MDV is ready Schultz sits and just plug him into the spot with Luke. Schultz has sucked bad for a couple weeks now.

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Flyers' Manning steps up, with Gostisbehere's help

 

http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/351496851.html

 

And to piggyback on this. Ghost has steadied Manning for sure...certainly make him more tolerable to watch.

 

I think when MDV is ready Schultz sits and just plug him into the spot with Luke. Schultz has sucked bad for a couple weeks now.

 

I'd still rather see Manning waived 

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ugh, another "moral victory" to hang with the won trades banners.

 

The parts of the game i saw most of the second and 10 minutes of the 3rd I thought our boys played well, certainly well enough to win.  

the PK was nice, they possessed the puck, now maybe didn't do enough with it, but kept it away from the Sharks and that's a small victory.

Pavelski is a beast in the circle, he took G's lunch money tonight, I think Little Joe might be the best FO guy out there, he's right there with Bergeron if he's not the best.

 

again a good effort from the flyers, that was a watchable game the result not as "just" as Tuesday's. 

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Greetings:

 

This was a disciplined and determined effort.  But it's hard to watch a team lose a shutout.  Ghost is good and know how to quarterback a team. But his supporting cast needs megadoses of Viagra to get going.  Raffl is in a funk.  Simmonds is not getting the garbage goals he did in the past.  I can't figure if this is a defense-first coaching style getting in the way or the talent on hand deteriorating faster than anybody could imagine. 

 

Howie

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Greetings:

 

This was a disciplined and determined effort.  But it's hard to watch a team lose a shutout.  Ghost is good and know how to quarterback a team. But his supporting cast needs megadoses of Viagra to get going.  Raffl is in a funk.  Simmonds is not getting the garbage goals he did in the past.  I can't figure if this is a defense-first coaching style getting in the way or the talent on hand deteriorating faster than anybody could imagine. 

 

Howie

 

It's maddening, they played relatively well tonight but nobody has exhibits any finishing skills whatsoever!  These guys couldn't score in a brothel with a year's supply of Cialis!

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Voracek needs to be demoted or scratched for a game. He just looks lost in the woods. 

 

It is brutal to watch him make $100,609 a game or over $5000 a minute he is out on the ice is just insanity. Wait did his contract extension kick in?

 

Either case he blows and needs to wake the f*** up.

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Well, maybe Chairman Ed and Hexy can provide some once they ease the cap problems!! Thanks for the laugh, Sir P.

 

Howie

 

LOL!  I think that Chairman Ed can provide some immediately from his personal stash!

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I thought the team looked pretty good defensively, about how they looked earlier in the season. Offense wasn't there, but with a few exceptions, they didn't really get pinned, and SJ really didn't have too many really good opportunities (I only saw the second and third periods).

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Well no matter what i think they need to return MDV to the lineup and sit Manning or Schultz...either is fine with me but stop wasting time and do it!

 

Obviously this would be better for the short term for the team's play on the ice.

 

I do wonder about what has been bandied about though - is Hackstol really just taking this season to find out what he has here and who can play where? That they are actually going to take a real stab at building a team and that process will take longer than this season and (maybe) next as well.

 

Would a 33-year-old guy (34 next season) be in those long term plans? I don't see it.

 

That could be the "rationale" behind not playing Medvedev - of course it also calls into question the rationale of signing him in the first place. Although Hextall is clearly trying to set up a situation where the team can "develop" it's young defensive prospects.

 

I, personally, would certainly rather see Medvedev than Schultz and especially more than Manning. I just think Hacky and Hexy may have different priorities at the moment.

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Obviously this would be better for the short term for the team's play on the ice.

 

I do wonder about what has been bandied about though - is Hackstol really just taking this season to find out what he has here and who can play where? That they are actually going to take a real stab at building a team and that process will take longer than this season and (maybe) next as well.

 

Would a 33-year-old guy (34 next season) be in those long term plans? I don't see it.

 

That could be the "rationale" behind not playing Medvedev - of course it also calls into question the rationale of signing him in the first place. Although Hextall is clearly trying to set up a situation where the team can "develop" it's young defensive prospects.

 

I, personally, would certainly rather see Medvedev than Schultz and especially more than Manning. I just think Hacky and Hexy may have different priorities at the moment.

 

This is what I wonder too. But then, getting Medvedev in (For Schultz) makes sense from a management of assets POV because his play to this point and the fact that it's only a one year deal make him exceedingly tradeable.

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This is what I wonder too. But then, getting Medvedev in (For Schultz) makes sense from a management of assets POV because his play to this point and the fact that it's only a one year deal make him exceedingly tradeable.

 

I do think that he will be traded - and I do expect to see him on the ice more to set that up.

 

But in the context of "Ghost making Manning better" I'm not terribly surprised to see Manning getting a longer look.

 

Schultz is just a mystery to me. Because he's 33, too, and clearly nowhere near the player Medvedev is.

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I'm not surprised either. I think you need to give Manning a lot of time in the NHL now. It's pretty much a make or break year for him at his age. If he fails to catch up to the NHL game, he can either be your 7 or hang out in the AHL for the rest of his career. But you might as well give him the season to see if his struggles can be worked through.

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