By Kevin Durso, Sports Talk Philly editor
The Flyers trip to Pittsburgh was, in a word, embarrassing. They followed up a dismal 5-3 loss to the Islanders on Sunday night with a 7-1 loss to the Penguins that was over before it started.
With two straight losses following a three-game winning streak, the Flyers made some roster adjustments and look to get back on the winning track against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.
Puck drop is at 7 p.m.
Carter Hart's last start was another rough one, allowing five goals on 14 shots before being pulled against the Islanders. Hart did get some time in relief against the Penguins, playing the third period and stopping eight of nine shots. He gets a chance to bounce back and get back to form against the team he shut out on Oct. 9.
Mackenzie Blackwood gets the start for the Devils. His last outing was a rough one, allowing four goals on 16 shots to the Coyotes in a loss on Oct. 25. Prior to that, Blackwood had two solid games, posting a 25-save shutout against Vancouver on Oct. 19 and making 29 saves on 31 shots in a win over the Rangers on Oct. 17.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Injuries: Nolan Patrick, Scott Laughton
Scratches: Tyler Pitlick, Robert Hagg
Following Thursday's roster moves, the Flyers will bring Carsen Twarynski into the lineup on the fourth line. German Rubtsov makes his NHL debut centering the fourth line. Defensively, Phil Myers re-joins the lineup, playing on a pair with Travis Sanheim. Shayne Gostisbehere will play with Justin Braun. Tyler Pitlick and Robert Hagg come out of the lineup.
Devils Projected Lineup
Injuries: Connor Carrick
Scratches: Jesper Boqvist, Nikita Gusev, Mirco Mueller
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