Philadelphia Flyers Hoping To End Road Trip On High Note Against San Jose Sharks

By Deanna Vasso
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The Philadelphia Flyers will finish their California road trip as they take on the San Jose Sharks from the SAP Center on Monday Night.

The Flyers had some success this past weekend as they defeated the Los Angeles Kings in a 2-0 shutout on Saturday. The win was much needed as they had dropped their game to the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. The Flyers have been doing decently, but they are still struggling along to keep their position in the standings. Since they are currently ninth in the Eastern Conference, they have some work to do if they want to see the playoffs this year.

This is the first of two games that will pit the two teams against each other, but they will re-match quickly after the Olympic break at the end of the month. The Flyers will want to end their West Coast road trip on a good note.

Flyers head coach Craig Berube is doing all he can, and has even started changing the lines up by making longtime center Vincent Lecavalier switch to the wing. Since the NHL veteran has scored twice in their past four games, the switch might just be the shake up this team has needed. Flyers goaltender Steve Mason was great on Saturday, and they will be looking for him to be solid in net again Monday night. Wayne Simmonds also continues to be hot alongside Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who continues to be a great leader the team needs.

As for the Sharks, they have some players that the Flyers will need to watch out for, namely Joe Pavelski who recently scored his 29th goal of the season. They can’t forget Joe Thornton, who leads the team in points mostly stemming from his 47 assists this season. The Sharks do have a good number of players that are injured, so the Flyers may get a lucky break.

Deanna Vasso is a Flyers writer for Rant Sports. You can follow her on Twitter, like her on Facebook or join her Google network.

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