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Flyers-Devils: Game 2 Preview

By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor 

After a successful trip to Europe, where the Flyers claimed a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks in their season opener, it's time to bring things back home.

Last Friday's game was technically considered a home game for the Flyers, but they will play their home opener on Wednesday night when they face the New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center.

Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia Flyers GP G A P New Jersey Devils GP G A P
Travis Konecny 1 2 1 3 Blake Coleman 2 2 1 3
Michael Raffl 1 1 0 1 Taylor Hall 2 0 2 2
Oskar Lindblom 1 1 0 1 Kyle Palmieri 2 1 1 2
Robert Hagg 1 0 1 1 Travis Zajac 2 1 1 2
Ivan Provorov 1 0 1 1 Pavel Zacha 2 0 1 1
 
Player to Watch
14 Sean Couturier 17 Wayne Simmonds
Last 5 Games: 0 G, 0 A, 0 P, E Last 5 Games: 0 G, 1 A, 1 P
 
Sean Couturier was held without a point despite his linemates scoring three of the four goals in the season-opening win. Look for him to have an impact in the second game of the season, as the Flyers top forwards try to do more of the offensive contributions.
 
You could point to a lot of offensive threats in the Devils lineup, but when a long-time and beloved former Flyers makes his return, it takes center stage. Wayne Simmonds returns to Philadelphia for the first time since being traded at the deadline last season. While Simmonds is on the Devils third line and hasn't been around nearly as much of the offensive production early, he should be determined to have a good showing against his former team.
 
Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart 35 Cory Schneider
1 GP, 1-0-0, 3.00 GAA, .903 SV% 1 GP, 0-0-0, 2.79 GAA, .905 SV%

It wasn't Carter Hart's best start in the season opener, but he did enough to keep the Flyers' lead safe in Friday's win. Hart will be back in net for his second start of the season in the Flyers home opener.

After leaving the Devils season opener with lower-body cramps, the intention is to get Cory Schneider back in net on Wednesday night. The Devils did not have a morning skate on Wednesday. Schneider allowed two goals before exiting in the Devils 5-4 shootout loss to the Jets on Friday.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Nolan Patrick, Andy Welinski

Scratches: Sam Morin

Left Wing Center Right Wing
28 Claude Giroux 13 Kevin Hayes 93 Jake Voracek
23 Oskar Lindblom 14 Sean Couturier 11 Travis Konecny
25 James van Riemsdyk 21 Scott Laughton 81 Carsen Twarynski
12 Michael Raffl 82 Connor Bunnaman 18 Tyler Pitlick
Defense    
9 Ivan Provorov 61 Justin Braun  
6 Travis Sanheim 15 Matt Niskanen  
8 Robert Hagg 53 Shayne Gostisbehere  
Goalie    
79 Carter Hart 37 Brian Elliott  

Lineup Notes

The Flyers will use the same lineup as they did in their season-opening win over the Blackhawks on Friday.

Devils Projected Lineup

Scratches: Jesper Boqvist, Pavel Zacha, Mirco Mueller

Left Wing Center Right Wing
9 Taylor Hall 13 Nico Hischier 97 Nikita Gusev
63 Jesper Bratt 19 Travis Zajac 21 Kyle Palmieri
 20 Blake Coleman 86 Jack Hughes 17 Wayne Simmonds
44 Miles Wood 58 Kevin Rooney  40 John Hayden
Defense    
45 Sami Vatanen 76 P.K. Subban  
6 Andy Greene 28 Damon Severson  
8 Will Butcher 5 Connor Carrick  
Goalie    
35 Cory Schneider 29 MacKenzie Blackwood  

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-4th), Devils (T-26th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (T-30th), Devils (T-30th)
  • 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)
    • March 1, 2019 - Flyers 6, Devils 3 (at NJ)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Devils
    • Claude Giroux - 48 GP, 11 G, 34 A, 45 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 31 GP, 14 G, 10 A, 24 P
    • Jake Voracek - 38 GP, 7 G, 22 A, 29 P
    • Carter Hart - 1 GP, 0-1-0, 3.16 GAA, .885 SV%

Where to Watch
TV: NBCSN
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic/97.3 ESPN

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