San Jose Sharks (1-2-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (1-1-0)
NHL Hockey: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Wells Fargo Center)
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -105 / San Jose Sharks -114 — Over/Under: 6
The San Jose Sharks and the Philadelphia Flyers meet in NHL action from the Wells Fargo Centre on Tuesday night.
The San Jose Sharks will look to bounce back from a disappointing showing on Long Island, being shut out by the Islanders by a final score of 4-0 on Monday. The game was a scoreless stalemate until late in the 2nd period when Anders Lee gave the home side a 1-0 lead. The Isles struck three more times in the 3rd period, handing the Sharks their 2nd loss in 3 games to start the year. Martin Jones took the loss, falling to 1-1 this season after allowing 3 goals on 29 shots in the losing effort with Erik Karlsson ending up with a -3 rating in the loss.
The Philadelphia Flyers will look for a win in their home opener after splitting their first two road games of the year after a 5-2 loss to Colorado in their last outing. Sean Couturier and Mikhail Vorobyev helped the Flyers equalize twice from two separate one goal deficits, but gave up three straight goals to the Avs to take the loss. Brian Elliott ended up with the L after allowing 4 goals on 34 shots ending up at 1-1 this season while the Flyers took an even bigger loss, learning that newly acquired F James van Riemsdyk suffered a lower body injury and will miss 5-6 weeks.
San Jose is 33-14 in their last 47 Tuesday games while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 road games and 17-8-1 in their last 26 games overall. Philadelphia is 6-2 in their last 8 games against the Pacific and 10-4 in their last 14 games against the Western Conference while the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 home games. San Jose is 19-7-3 in the last 29 meetings between these two teams and 9-1 in the last 10 meetings between these two teams in Philadelphia.
I’m not sure who is going to go between the pipes here, and the low line with the Flyers is tempting considering it’s their home opener. However, the Sharks are due for a bounce back after looking horrendous against the Islanders, and there’s no better place for that to happen than in Philadelphia against a Flyers team that the Sharks have owned over the last few seasons, especially in the city of brotherly love. I’ll side with the Sharks given the history between these two teams.