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Flyers-Devils: Game 65 Preview

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(Photo: Kate Frese)

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

The Flyers managed to get a point in Columbus, but could not finish the job in a crucial game on the road, marking a bitter beginning to a three-game road trip against Metro opponents.

They don't get any time to wallow in the overtime loss from Thursday night. On Friday, they get right back on the ice to face the New Jersey Devils.

Game time is at 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P New Jersey Devils GP G A P
Claude Giroux 64 19 47 66 Kyle Palmieri 63 26 22 48
Sean Couturier 62 25 34 59 Nico Hischier 60 17 26 43
Jake Voracek 64 18 38 56 Taylor Hall 33 11 26 37
Travis Konecny 64 18 21 39 Travis Zajac 62 14 22 36
James van Riemsdyk 48 17 15 32 Jesper Bratt 48 7 24 31
 
Player to Watch
93 Jake Voracek     13 Nico Hischier
Last 5 Games: 3 G, 3 A, 6 P, -1 Last 5 Games: 0 G, 1 A, 1 P, -2
 
Jake Voracek went back-to-back games without a point, but since then, has six points in three games. He has scored in each of the last three games as well.
 
It's been a struggle for Nico Hischier lately. He has just one goal in his last 13 games and six assists in that time as well. The Devils are really decimated by injuries, so Hischier has really had to carry the weight of the team. That said, the first overall pick in 2017 is always a threat.
 
Goalie Matchup
33 Cam Talbot 35 Cory Schneider
31 GP, 10-15-3, 3.36 GAA, .893 SV% 17 GP, 4-8-2, 3.26 GAA, .898 SV%

The Flyers are making NHL history on Friday. Cam Talbot gets the start, meaning he is the eighth goalie to suit up and play in a game for the Flyers this season. Talbot was traded to the Flyers on Feb. 15 from Edmonton and makes his debut with the team against the Devils.

Back from injury, Cory Schneider is expected to get the start. He returned on Feb. 7 and has made seven starts since. He has won four of his last five starts, including a pair of shutouts and a 34-save performance on Monday against Montreal. 

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Carter Hart, Michal Neuvirth

Scratches: Andrew MacDonald, Sam Morin

Left Wing Center Right Wing
28 Claude Giroux 19 Nolan Patrick 11 Travis Konecny
23 Oskar Lindblom 14 Sean Couturier 93 Jake Voracek
25 James van Riemsdyk 21 Scott Laughton 38 Ryan Hartman
12 Michael Raffl 44 Phil Varone 10 Corban Knight
Defense    
9 Ivan Provorov 6 Travis Sanheim  
53 Shayne Gostisbehere 61 Phil Myers  
8 Robert Hagg 3 Radko Gudas  
Goalie    
33 Cam Talbot    

Lineup Notes

The Flyers will likely go with the same lineup as Thursday night, but nothing will be confirmed until closer to warmups.

Devils Projected Lineup

Injuries: Kyle Palmieri, Taylor Hall, Pavel Zacha, Miles Wood, John Quenneville, Mirco Mueller

Scratches: Steven Santini

Left Wing Center Right Wing
63 Jesper Bratt 13 Nico Hischier  18 Drew Stafford
17 Kenny Agostino  19 Travis Zajac 20 Blake Coleman
15 Nick Lappin 41 Michael McLeod 42 Nathan Bastian
56 Blake Pietila 58 Kevin Rooney  39 Kurtis Gabriel
Defense    
6 Andy Greene 28 Damon Severson  
8 Will Butcher 45 Sami Vatanen  
74 Egor Yakovlev 5 Connor Carrick  
Goalie    
35 Cory Schneider    

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-21st, 28th on road), Devils (19th, 19th at home)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (28th, 24th on road), Devils (3rd, 6th at home) 
  • Recent History vs. Devils
    • Oct 20, 2018 - Flyers 5, Devils 2 (at PHI)
    • Nov. 15, 2018 - Devils 3, Flyers 0 (at PHI)
    • Jan. 12, 2019 - Devils 3, Flyers 2 (at NJ)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Devils 
    • Claude Giroux - 47 GP, 11 G, 32 A, 43 P
    • Jake Voracek - 37 GP, 7 G, 19 A, 26 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 30 GP, 12 G, 9 A, 21 P
    • Cam Talbot - 7 GP, 5-2-0, 2.24 GAA, .911 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Radko Gudas needs one point to reach 100 for his career.
    • Gudas is also playing in his 400th NHL game tonight.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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