SHARKS (26-32-4) at FLYERS (35-20-7)
7 p.m. ET; NBCSP, NBCSCA, NHL.TV
Logan Couture will be a game-time decision for the San Jose Sharks against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.
Couture, the Sharks captain, has been out with a fractured ankle sustained when he fell into the boards against the St. Louis Blues on Jan. 7. He was expected to need at least six weeks to recover; Tuesday marks seven weeks since he was injured.
Goalie Aaron Dell will start for the Sharks, who have lost their past four games, and will be playing for the first time since trading forwards Patrick Marleau to the Pittsburgh Penguins and Barclay Goodrow to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.
The Flyers, who have won three straight games and are 12-4-1 in their past 17, will have forwards Derek Grant and Nate Thompson, each acquired in trades Monday, in the lineup.
Carter Hart will start for Philadelphia, which is three points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for second in the Metropolitan Division, and one point ahead of the fourth-place New York Islanders and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Players to watch
Sharks forward Timo Meier has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past nine games.
Flyers goalie Carter Hart is 12-1-0 with a 1.61 goals-against average and .944 save percentage in his past 13 games at home.
They said it
"It's up to how he feels with when he gets off the ice and he's talking to the trainers. It's completely his decision. We're preparing for both ways, we have lineups with him and without him and power-play units with him and without him." -- Sharks coach Bob Boughner, on the potential return of forward Logan Couture
"It's the nature of the business. I've done this a couple times so I've got a little practice. You get thrown in the fire but it's exciting. You feel like you're getting a new life when you come to a new team. It seems like a great group of guys and can't wait to get going." -- Flyers forward Nate Thompson
Sharks projected lineup
Timo Meier -- Joe Thornton -- Dylan Gambrell
Evander Kane -- Logan Couture -- Kevin Labanc
Antti Suomela -- Joel Kellman -- Stefan Noesen
Marcus Sorensen -- Alexander True -- Noah Gregor
Jacob Middleton -- Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Tim Heed
Radim Simek -- Mario Ferraro
Scratched: Lean Bergmann, Maxim Letunov, Brandon Davidson
Injured: Tomas Hertl (knee), Dalton Prout (concussion), Erik Karlsson (broken thumb), Melker Karlsson (lower body)
Flyers projected lineup
Claude Giroux -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek
Scott Laughton -- Kevin Hayes -- Travis Konecny
James van Riemsdyk -- Derek Grant -- Tyler Pitlick
Michael Raffl -- Nate Thompson -- Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen
Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers
Robert Hagg -- Justin Braun
Scratched: Shayne Gostisbehere
Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder)
Forwards Bergmann and Letunov were recalled from San Jose of the American Hockey League on Tuesday but neither will play. Davidson, a defenseman acquired in a trade with the Calgary Flames on Monday, will not play. ... The Sharks sent defenseman Nicholas Meloche to the AHL on Tuesday ... The Flyers sent forwards Joel Farabee and Connor Bunnaman to Lehigh Valley of the AHL on Monday.
Labanc has 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in six games against the Flyers and is two assists from 100 in the NHL. Meier had his first NHL hat trick against the Flyers on Dec. 28 at SAP Center. ... Konecny has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his last eight games, and needs two assists for 100 in the NHL. Couturier has six points (four goals, two assists) during a six-game point streak.