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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, October 9, 2018
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 19,133

Flyers host Sharks without injured van Riemsdyk

San Jose Sharks at Philadelphia Flyers

  1. The Sharks lost to the Islanders, 4-0, in Brooklyn on Monday night, their worst shutout loss since a 6-0 loss in Dallas on New Years' Eve last season. San Jose was shut out just three times all of last year.
  2. Brent Burns has been held without a point in three games this season after leading the team in scoring last year. He had only three such streaks all of last season, and just one longer than three games, an eight-game streak in November.
  3. San Jose has thoroughly dominated the Flyers for several years -- since the 2001-02 season, the Sharks are 18-2-2-1 against Philly, the second-best record by one team against any other in that span (minimum five games; St. Louis is 18-3-0-0 vs. Buffalo). Their last regulation loss in Philadelphia came in 2000.
  4. The Flyers fell to the Avalanche, 5-2, in Colorado on Saturday, two days after winning by that scoreline in Las Vegas. The last time the Flyers opened the season with back-to-back games with identical scores was in 1996-97 (lost vs. Florida, then beat New Jersey 3-1), which ended with a trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
  5. Sean Couturier, who was second on the team with 31 goals last season, got his first of the year in the loss to Colorado. He has five points (2g, 3a) in 11 career games against San Jose, with all but one assist coming on the road.
  6. The Sharks have struggled in the third period so far this year, allowing three goals in the final frame in each of their losses, and they've failed to score at all. Their -6 differential is the worst in the league. The Flyers have also not scored in the third, and they've allowed three goals.

The Philadelphia Flyers' play their home opener Tuesday night against the San Jose Sharks and they will do it without winger James van Riemsdyk.

Reacquired as a free agent in the offseason, the 29-year-old van Riemsdyk will be out five to six weeks due to a lower-body injury suffered when he blocked a clearing attempt Saturday at Colorado, according to the club.

Van Riemsdyk, who began his career with the Flyers, signed a five-year, $35 million deal with Philadelphia in the offseason after he totaled 36 goals and 18 assists with the Maple Leafs in 2017-18.

"It's a big loss, but it's going to be other guys who are going to step up and fill some roles," center Sean Couturier told Philly.com after Monday's practice. "It's just an opportunity for someone else."

That someone appears to be 26-year-old Jordan Weal, who will reportedly take van Riemsdyk's spot on the third with rookie Mikhail "Misha" Vorobyev and Wayne Simmonds.

The Flyers (1-1) split a pair of games out west to start the season. After opening with a 5-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, the Flyers lost by that same score on Saturday to the Colorado Avalanche.

Goalie Brian Elliott stopped 30 of 34 shots while Couturier and Vorobyev scored their first goals of the season.

"We got two of the four points on the road, and for me, this was a game where points were available," coach Dave Hakstol told Philly.com after Saturday's loss. "I liked the fact we were cleaner and sharper with the puck (against the Avs) ... but there are things we can clean up."

The Sharks (1-2) were shut out 4-0 by the New York Islanders Monday in the second outing of their five-game road swing. The Islanders broke open a close contest with three third-period goals and Robin Lehner stopped 35 shots.

"It was a game that was winnable," Sharks captain Joe Pavelski told NHL.com. "It's frustrating we don't stick any in the net with some of the looks we had, some of the power plays, the kind of momentum we felt like we had. It's one of those games every time you get that Grade A (chance), it seems to hit him in the chest or finds his pad."

Martin Jones made 26 saves for the Sharks.

The Islanders broke on top with a second-period power play goal. The Sharks were 0-for-4 on the power play and are 0-for-10 through three games. The Islanders were 1-for-4.

"We got beat in special teams tonight and that's an important piece of the game that we have to start being on the right side of the ledger on," coach Pete DeBoer told the San Jose Mercury News, though he called the Sharks' nine shots on goal with the man advantage "encouraging."

The news was better off the ice for San Jose. DeBoer said before the game that the swelling in center Joe Thornton's surgically repaired right knee is the result of an infection.

"Nothing structurally. It looks like an infection, put him on antibiotics," DeBoer told the Mercury News before the games. "He should be fine."

Thornton, who was placed on injured reserve, is not with team.

Updated October 9, 2018

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