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Saturday, October 18th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia Flyers (0-3-1) at San Jose Sharks (4-1-0), 10:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try once again for their first victory of the season when they visit the San Jose Sharks for the opener of a home-and-home series tonight at HP Pavilion.

The Flyers, who made it to the Eastern Conference finals last season, are 0-3-1 and their lone point of the year came in an overtime loss at Pittsburgh.

Tonight, Philadelphia is ending a three-game road trip, which began with the close loss to the Penguins and continued Thursday at Colorado. The Avalanche pounded the Flyers, 5-2, as Paul Stastny registered a goal and an assist to lead the way at the Pepsi Center.

Mike Richards and Simon Gagne scored for the Flyers. Martin Biron was victimized for five goals on 34 shots for Philadelphia, which was outshot 17-3 in the opening period and trailed 2-0.

Despite the Flyers' lack of success, Gagne has already notched four goals, while his linemate Richards has found the back of the net on three occasions.

The Flyers, who were 21-15-5 as the visiting club in 2007-08, will host the Sharks on Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center.

Meanwhile, San Jose will try to get back on the winning track tonight against a team it has had much success against in recent years. The Sharks are 5-0 with a pair of ties in their last seven tilts against the Flyers and Philadelphia is 0-3 with a tie in its previous four stops in Silicon Valley.

The Sharks had won their first four games of the 2008-09 campaign before being handed a 4-0 setback by the rival Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned away all 38 shots he faced to lift the Ducks to the shut out at the Honda Center.

Francois Beauchemin, Travis Moen, Chris Pronger and Samuel Pahlsson had a goal apiece for Anaheim.

The Sharks could not find the back of the net despite outshooting Anaheim 38-20. The team came into the game having allowed only four goals, but couldn't take advantage of its opportunities, failing on all seven of its power-play chances.

Evgeni Nabokov stopped only 16-of-20 shots in taking the loss for San Jose.

The Sharks, who are 3-0-0 as the home team this year, will begin a three-game road trip Wednesday in Philly.

10/18 10:56:34 ET


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