The Flyers pull into San jose this evening and take on the Sharks for a puck drop at 10:30 pm.
This is the only meeting between the teams this season. In their only meeting last season, the Sharks rallied from a 4-1 third-period deficit to beat the Flyers 5-4 in a shootout in Philadelphia. The teams haven't played in San Jose since Nov. 20, 2009, a 6-3 Sharks win.
Can a return home a few new players straighten out the slumping Sharks? Or will the Flyers -- who have the second-most road wins in the League -- further their slide? Only these 60 minutes of play tonight will tell.
The Flyers wrapped up their trade deals ten days ago and decided that their acquirements of Kubina and Grossman were just what their squad needed.
Holmgren said in the season-long absence of Chris Pronger, upgrading his defense was his goal as the deadline approached and he feels like he accomplished that. "A couple weeks ago we thought we lacked something on the back end without Chris and we addressed those issues," said Holmgren.
With losses in six of their last seven games, San Jose General Manager Doug Wilson shook up his lineup, adding gritty forwards TJ Galiardi and Daniel Winnik from the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.
The biggest impact the pair should have is on the penalty-kill unit. The Sharks entered the week ranked 28th in the League playing a man-down, and they've allowed seven power-play goals in the last seven games.
Flyers forward Scott Hartnell's two goals Saturday against Calgary gave him 30 on the season, tying his single-season NHL high.
Sharks forward Patrick Marleau has three straight two-point games.
Besides long-term injuries to forward Tom Sestito (groin) and defenseman Chris Pronger (concussion), the Flyers are fielding a healthy team. … The Sharks could be without forwards Dominic Moore (lower body) and Logan Couture (lower body). Forward Martin Havlat (hamstring) is out, as is defenseman Douglas Murray (throat). The Sharks have won eight straight against the Flyers, dating to Feb. 16, 2004. San Jose's unbeaten streak against Philadelphia is 12 games -- 10 wins, two ties. The Flyers last beat the Sharks Dec. 21, 2000, and haven't won in San Jose since Nov. 5, 1999.
Given the explosive play that bound from the Flyers squad in Calgary, this should be an interesting game. The Flyers will either continue upon their newly found 'game' and continue scoring; as well as keeping their opponents at bay arounf their net, or this may very well be another case where they just may have had an 'on' evening in Calgary.
With how Bryz was capable of bouncing back from that horrid first period on Calgary ice, one can only hope that this has sparked his confidence to a level where he can simply play and play well given any team or circumstance.
Here's to hoping the momentum from Calgary continues tonight in San Jose and we are on the winning side of things...we are certainly due in this match up.
The game is set to start @ 10:30 pm EST and is televised on the NBC Sports Network.