Programming note: Flyers-Sharks coverage starts tonight at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Network
SAN JOSE – Tye McGinn should have no trouble getting up for the Sharks-Flyers tilt at SAP Center on Tuesday night, for a couple of reasons.
For one, the 24-year-old will be playing against his former team for the first time. McGinn was in the Flyers organization since getting drafted by them in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He was traded to the Sharks for a third round pick this past offseason
“I’m really looking forward to it,” said McGinn, who got a chance to hang out with some former teammates who have been in San Jose since Saturday night. “They’re a great organization and I have a lot of friends over there.”
More importantly for McGinn, though, is that he’ll get a second straight game starting on the wing of the Joe Thornton-Joe Pavelski line. It’s a prime opportunity for him to increase his production, as he’ll enter Tuesday’s match with just two assists and no goals in 15 games with the Sharks.
McGinn has been getting more of a chance in a top six role lately, playing with Logan Couture at times over the past few games, and skating mostly with Thornton and Pavelski in Saturday’s 6-4 win over the Ducks.
“I’m just trying to stay low key here and work hard,” he said. “I’ve been talking to both the Joes, what I need to do. They’re great, and they’re giving me a lot of advice and I’ve just got to stick with it.”
Any advice in particular?
“Just work hard, north-south hockey, get in on the forecheck, create that scrum and get the puck loose,” McGinn said. “They’ll be always around the puck. That’s what they’re known for, and they’ll come up with it.”
Joe Pavelski gave his impressions of McGinn, who was scoreless with two shots on goal and a pair of hits in 11:43 of ice time against the Ducks.
“Simple player. A little skill there. As we play and spend more time together, we’ve had some chances,” Pavelski said. “He’s a big body who gets in on the forecheck. It’s helped for sure at time, and we’re looking to build off of that. As we get those chances, we need to finish a little bit more.”
Todd McLellan said: “He moves his big body around, and we felt that Jumbo and Pav needed that a little bit. Gets in on the forecheck the other night, and we're going to keep it the same. With him playing against his old team, I think it's always exciting when you go up against the team you entered the league with. Hopefully he'll be prepared to play and impress."
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The Sharks will likely scratch Barclay Goodrow for the second straight game. Rookie Mirco Mueller will also sit.
Philadelphia is scratching a healthy Vincent LeCavalier for the first time in his 16-year NHL career. The 34-year-old has just two goals and four assists for six points in 16 games.
Antti Niemi will oppose Steve Mason in net. Niemi, who beat the Flyers in the 2010 Stanley Cup Final with Chicago, is 1-1-0 against them in the regular season. Mason is 6-7-1 career vs. Philadelphia.