It will be a battle of two clubs when the Flyers skate into San Jose on Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown at HP Pavilion. The two heavyweights are the NHL’s best in goal differential, in short saying they both know how to score and they both know how to shut opponents down.
“That’s the name of the game,” said Patrick Marleau
San Jose won the first match in Philadelphia handily 4-1, but no one is expecting an easy return contest.
“It will be a different game,” said Marleau. “They want a different outcome than the last game and so maybe they’ll be a little better prepared. You never like to lose to the same team.”
With health returning in some areas and Devin Setoguchi still out, Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan is making one heck of a line for Friday. Patrick Marleau
will start the evening with Joe Thornton
and Dany Heatley, giving the Sharks a potential Olympic line.
“The lines have been juggled with Seto out right now,” said McLellan. “Pavs is pretty healthy and (is ready) for a bigger workload being the center. It’s started in Nashville and they (Marleau, Thornton, Heatley) provided a lot of energy and had some tremendous scoring chances. We’ll start that way and see what they get done.”
The Worcester Shuttle continues to serve the team well and now Benn Ferriero
, Jamie McGinn and Logan Couture
have returned to San Jose.
They have been up and down so much, there is not a dramatic need for meetings to familiarize them with everything upon arrival.
“I almost don’t have to talk with them,” said McLellan.
There is no question, they and the other Worcester players, will enjoy the benefits of frequent flyer programs.
“My dad is all over me to get all the miles,” said Couture. “I have them from about every airline.”
The frequent travel does not bother the young players too much.
“It doesn’t matter how much I fly if I’m up here playing hockey,” said Couture.
Couture did relate a tale of forgetting where he was going.
“I was flying to Nashville. When the guy at the counter asked me where I was going, I stood there like a dummy for a minute,” said Couture. “Sometimes you’re at the hotel and you don’t know which room you have.”
The crew knows what they are here to do.
“We’re here to create energy,” said Couture. “If we can create offense, we’ll create offense, but our job it so create energy.”
Couture says there is one downside to the callup as he rooms with Nick Petrecki
and Alex Stalock
back in Worcester.
“When I got called up here, they ate all my groceries,” said Couture. “I just bought more and I got called back up.”
Here’s guessing Couture’s section of the refrigerator will be emptied if he returns.
McLellan is always looking for ways to improve the club and he feels some defensive errors have been occurring lately.
“Some of the goals we gave up on the trip were individual mistakes,” said McLellan. “I’d like to see that change in the next couple of weeks.”
Sharks winger Brad Staubitz will miss a couple of weeks after being hit by a puck in practice.
“He went to see a specialist yesterday and I haven’t heard (anything yet),” said McLellan.
The Sharks will host Philadelphia Friday night at 7 p.m. on CSN California, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com.