It’s a light night on the regional schedule, but the San Jose Sharks (35-15-6) return to the ice Monday night to host the Philadelphia Flyers (27-23-6), a team in a dogfight for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Both teams come in off wins; the Sharks beat Chicago in a shootout Saturday night, while Philadelphia won 2-0 at L.A. on Saturday.
It’s the first of the teams’ two scheduled meeting this season; the Sharks will open in Philadelphia on Feb. 27 after the Olympic break, part of a three-game Eastern swing awaiting San Jose after Sochi. They go into the break with four straight on home ice.
The Sharks are 7-7-2 against the Flyers at home all-time, but have won the last four meetings and are unbeaten in their last seven (there was a 0-0 tie on Oct. 16, 2003). The last time Philadelphia visited was a 1-0 Sharks’ win on Feb. 28, 2012. Game time at the SAP Center is 7:30 p.m.
There’s just one other game on The Docket Monday:
NBA: Chicago Bulls (23-23) at Sacramento Kings (15-32), 7 p.m.
The Bulls come to town off a loss at New Orleans Saturday night, while Sacramento had dropped to the basement in the Western Conference having lost seven in a row.
Since moving to Sacramento in 1985, the Kings are 14-13 against Chicago at home, including a win in their last meeting, when Sacramento crushed the Bulls 121-79 on March 13. That snapped a streak of four straight wins in Sacramento for the Bulls.
Charlotte at Warriors, 7:30 p.m.