Philadelphia Flyers (28-19-9: 65pts)
New Jersey Devils (27-20-8: 62pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:00 p.m. ET | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
Season Series: 2-1-0
All-Time Record: 207gp (85-90-32)
PHI: 64-pts, Giroux (18g-46a), Voracek (11g-53a)
NJD: 57-pts, Hall (21g-36a)
- MOVIN ON UP
The Flyers return home looking for their fifth straight victory after sweeping their back-to-back set in the desert… During the club’s four-game win streak, the Flyers have averaged 3.5 goals per-game, while allowing just 2.00 goals per-game… Since their Dec. 4 win vs. Calgary that snapped a 10-game losing skid, the Flyers have gone from last place in the Metropolitan Division, to posting a 20-8-2 record and now holding third place in the Metro, just one point behind the Penguins for second place with one game in hand… Also in that stretch, the Flyers have had four separate four-games (or more) winning streaks.
- MOVIN ON DOWN
While the Flyers are riding a four-game winning streak, the Devils are looking to snap a four-game losing skid in which they have allowed 4.75 goals per-game, while scoring just 2.25 goals in that stretch… Since Dec. 27, when the Devils owned a 22-9-5 record and were in first place in the Metro Division, the Devils have dropped 14 of 19 games, going 5-11-3, and are now in fourth in the Metro and own the first wild card slot.
- LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Tonight’s game is the final one in the season series between the two teams and fourth meeting in the last 31 days… The Flyers took the first two games of the season series, but dropped the last meeting, 4-3, at Newark… Giroux (1g-3a) and Voracek (4a) lead the team in the season series with four points each through three games, while Taylor Hall leads NJ with four assists in three games… The Flyers have scored four of their 11 goals on the power play in the season series, while the Devils have had five of their eight goals come on the man advantage… The Flyers are looking for three wins in a season series against the Devils for the first time since the 2011-12 season.
- THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
THIS: Michal Neuvirth has wins in four of his last six starts, and since Dec. 29, he has a 2.33 GAA and .919 save percentage, going 5-2-1… THAT: Kyle Palmieri has been on a roll lately for the Devils, he has goals in two straight games and also posted five goals and eight points in his last seven contests… THE OTHER: Both teams have scored a majority of their goals in the second period this season – the Flyers are ranked fourth in the NHL with 67 second-period goals, while the Devils are T-7th with 62 second-period goals.
- PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (LW: #28 – Claude Giroux)
Giroux was recently named the NHL’s 1st Star of the Week after posting six points (3g-3a) in his last three games… He is tied for the team lead in scoring with his 64 points, which is tied for 6th in the NHL… He has also appeared in all 56 games for the Flyers this season and his current iron-man streak is at 138 games – since the start of the 2012-13 season, Giroux has missed just five games, appearing in 427 of 432 games as captain of the team.
DEVILS (LW: #9 – Taylor Hall)
Every meeting against the Devils it always seems Hall is the player to watch – that’s because he has recorded a point in five straight games against the Flyers and has 18 points (7g-11a) in 14 career meetings… Hall is also riding a seven-game point streak since returning from missing three games due to injury, and if you include the games before his injury, Hall has a 14-game point streak going… In that 14-game span, he has nine goals and 12 assists for 21 points.