Philadelphia Flyers: Flying High and Set to Harpoon Sharks

November 20th, 2009 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
Written by Mark “The Hard Hitter” Ritter

Tonight’s tilt versus the San Jose Sharks, the NHL’s so-called “best team,” should be one for the ages. For the Philadelphia Flyers, tonight’s match is yet another litmus test—an opportunity to serve notice that this Flyers team is not only for real, but also a force, a force to be reckoned with.

With a record of 14-5-4 through 23 games, the Sharks sit atop the NHL standings with 32 points and it’s no accident as to how the Sharks got there. Averaging 3.22 goals per game, the Sharks own the NHL’s fifth-best offense. Dany Heatley leads the Sharks with 14 goals, followed by Patrick Marleau, who has lit the lamp a total of 13 times.

Make no mistake about it, the Sharks' offense is as potent as they come. Anytime you have a player of Joe Thornton’s ilk distributing the puck, the wingers have the potential to be 50-goal-scorers, which Heatley is on pace to be.

Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle is having an All-Star calibre season (too bad there is no All-Star game this season) and has been an integral part of the Sharks' power play. His steady play, leadership, and ability to play in all situa ...

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