The NHL season kicked back into gear this Tuesday, but the Philadelphia Flyers won’t play again until Thursday night when they travel to take on the San Jose Sharks. The Flyers currently sit 7th overall in the Eastern Conference finals and with it getting down to the wire in the amount of games left, they need to kick it into the high gear if they want to see the playoffs this year.
It will be the final time that the two teams will face off against each other during the regular season, but the odds are certainly in the Flyers’ favor. The Flyers headed into the Olympic break on a four-game winning streak and the last time they played the Sharks they beat them 5-2. If the Flyers start off the rest of the season playing like they were prior to the break, they will be in pretty good shape.
That means that offensive power from captain Claude Giroux and his linemate Jakub Voracek is going to be key in this game. These two are on the top line for a reason; you only have to look at their games’ box score to figure that out. Expect key help from Wayne Simmonds as well, as he has been on a hot streak for quite some time. He also gave the Sharks a bit of trouble in their last game, so he should be a player to watch on Thursday.
It’s not just the forwards that will need to be on top of their game for the Flyers. Goaltender Steve Mason is likely to start on Thursday, and the team will definitely need him to stand on his head.