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5 THINGS: Flyers vs. Sharks

The Flyers open their 50th season of play in the NHL tonight when they take on the San Jose Sharks at 10:30pm.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series (2016-17): 1-1-0

All-Time Record: 39gp (15-15-4-5)

Leading Scorers (preseason): 

PHI: 6pts, Konecny (3g-3a)

SJS: 5pts, 4 tied: Goodrow, Heed, Tierny, Meier

 

1. HERE WE GO

The Flyers open their 50th season of play in the NHL tonight when they take on the San Jose Sharks… The Flyers have a 22-19-8 record in their previous 49 season opening games and an 21-16-12 record when opening on the road… This is the fourth straight season the Flyers have opened on the road and ninth time in the last 12 seasons, while also going 5-1-1 in the previous seven openers on the road… The Sharks come in as one of the NHL's best teams in season opening games as of late with the longest active win streak in the NHL at seven straight wins dating back to 2010-11… They are 9-1-1 in the last 11 openers and a perfect 5-0-0 in their last five at home.

2. POLAR PRESEASON

As far as preseason action, these two teams were complete opposites… The Sharks dropped two of their last three, scoring just five goals in the process, and had just one of six games decided past regulation… The Flyers on the other hand won two of their final three, scoring 11 goals in that stretch. In their eight games, had five decided past 60 minutes.

3. THE FUTURE BEGINS

The Flyers could have as many as five rookies in the lineup tonight based off the season-opening roster (Robert Hagg, Taylor Leier, Samuel Morin, Nolan Patrick, Travis Sanheim)… The last time the Flyers had four or more rookies dress for the opening game of a season was 1992-93 - Oct. 6 vs. Pittsburgh, which marked the NHL debut for Eric Lindros… Three of the five have appeared in one NHL game, while two (Nolan Patrick & Travis Sanheim) will make their debut should they play… Of the 21 skaters on the Flyers roster, 11 have appeared in less than 150 NHL games.

4. AND EVERYTHING ELSE

Travis Konecny led the Flyers for the second straight preseason with six points (3g-3a)… Only two Flyers appeared in every possible preseason game (Konecny & Patrick)… Shayne Gostisbehere led the entire league with 22 shots on goal during the preseason… The two Sharks goaltenders are unbeaten in regulation against the Flyers (Martin Jones: 2-0-0, 0.97 GAA & .962 pct | Aaron Dell: 1-0-1, 0.99 GAA & .964 pct)… Wayne Simmonds is two points shy of 400 in his NHL career, while Claude Giroux needs one assist to pass Mark Recchi for 4th on the Flyers All Time Assist list…This will be the first time since Apr. 12, 1997 that the Sharks will play a game without Patrick Marleau as a member of the organization - Marleau spent 19 seasons and played 1,493 games since being drafted by the Sharks, 2nd overall in 1997.

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (RW: #93 - Jakub Voracek)

Voracek comes into the season opener having recorded points in three straight games to end the preseason with a goal and three assists having mostly played on a newly formed line with Sean Couturier centering and Claude Giroux on the opposite wing… He enters his seventh season with the Flyers since joining the club via trade in 2011-12 and ranks second on the team in scoring with 354 points (116g-238a) in 445 games… Voracek has also appeared in every regular season game in four of his last five seasons, including all 82 games in three of the last four. 

SHARKS (D: #88 - Brent Burns)

The reigning Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's best defenseman led all d-men last season in both goals (29) and points (76), while finishing in the Top 10 (9th) among all players in overall points… He's also scored on a consistent basis over the last couple of years - he is the first defenseman to post back-to-back 75 point seasons since Brian Leetch in 1995-96… Despite that he hasn't had too much success against the Flyers, recording just one goal and five points in 16 career games… Burns is also one point shy of 500 in his career.

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