The Flyers play their 19th game of the season and ninth game against a Western Conference opponent, while the Sharks are currently in the midst of playing nine of 10 games against teams from the Eastern Conference… The Flyers are 2-4-2 against the West, while San Jose has seven of their 10 wins against Eastern Conference opponents, going 7-4-0… The Flyers come into tonight picking up points in four of their last six games with a 2-2-2 record, but are winless at the Wells Fargo Center in their last five games, going 0-3-2 in that stretch… The Sharks are riding a three-game winning streak that has put them within four points in the Pacific Division lead behind the LA Kings… All three victories have been decided by one goal.
The Flyers are looking for their first win on home ice against the Sharks since the 2000-01 season, having gone 0-4-4 in their eight meetings at the Wells Fargo Center with their last win coming on Dec. 21, 2000… This season, both teams have scored a majority of their goals in the second period - San Jose ranks third in the NHL with 22 goals in the second, while the Flyers have 13 goals in the second, compared to eight in the first and 11 in the third period… The Flyers have scored 23 of their 32 goals this season at 5 on 5 even strength… The Sharks have scored all eight of their power-play goals on the season while playing on the road, going 0-for-21 at home, but 8-for-32 on the road.
Jakub Voracek has posted two consecutive multi-point games with a goal and three assists - he also leads the Flyers in assists (8) and shots on goal (62)… Rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has points in two straight games - his first two games of the season (1g-1a) - he has also averaged nearly six minutes more of TOI in his first two games this season (18:30) than his first two games last season (12:33)… Radko Gudas ranks second in the NHL with 86 hits through 15 games… Sharks captain, Joe Pavelski, leads the team in goals (10) which is also tied for fourth overall in the NHL and points (18)… Sharks goaltender Martin Jones was traded twice in the off-season, first to Boston, then to San Jose in a span of four days - he has nine of the Sharks 10 wins and has a 2.25 GAA and .918 save percentage this season.
Giroux has points in three straight games (2g-2a) and six of his last eight games to kick off the month of November with eight points (3g-5a)… He leads the Flyers in goals (6) and points (13), while leading all NHL players in face-offs won (269)… Giroux continues to lead all players in the NHL in scoring since the start of the 2010-11 season with 389 points in 388 games (Ovechkin is 2nd - 382 pts)… Against the Sharks, Giroux averages a point per-game with five goals and nine points in nine career games, with seven of the nine points coming at even strength.
Marleau was the second overall pick by the Sharks in the 1997 NHL Draft and is on the verge of history and a personal milestone - he needs one more point to reach 1,000 points in the NHL, currently sitting with 999 points (462g-537a) in 1,347 NHL games… He also has a current iron-man streak of 478 games played… He has goals in two straight games and of his six goals on the year, three have been game-winners… Against the Flyers, Marleau has 18 points (7g-11a) in 24 career games.