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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils

Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 12:03 PM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils
Philadelphia Flyers (1-2-1)
vs.
New Jersey Devils (2-2-0)

TV: TCN Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

1. COMING INTO TONIGHT
The Flyers come into tonight's game after a week-long break in game action… Since then, the team has trimmed the roster by 34 with 29 players remaining and traveled to Lake Placid, NY for practice and team bonding exercises… The Devils come into tonight having played in Montreal last night, suffering a 3-2 loss… This also opens up a home-and-home series for New Jersey, who host the Flyers at the Prudential Center on Thursday, which will be their third game in a four-day span and final game of the preseason… The Flyers will play three games in a four-night span and wrap up their home preseason schedule tonight.

2. LEADING THE TEAM(S)
Rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas leads the New Jersey Devils in scoring with three points (1g-2a) in three games in the preseason - he is also tied for second on the team with six shots on goal, which the most of any Devils defenseman… Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek lead the Flyers in scoring with three points (1g-2a) and Voracek leads the team with eight shots on goal through his two preseason games… The Devils have had 95 penalty minutes in their four games, while the Flyers have had 75 PIMs.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
Only one player on the Devils roster (C - Jacob Josefson) has played in all four preseason games, while NO Flyers player has played more than two preseason games thus far… The Flyers have had 19 power-plays through four preseason games and the Devils have had 18 opportunities in their four games - the NHL leaders are Montreal who have had 31 opportunities in five games and Edmonton with 29 opportunities in six games… Of the 68 preseason games played in the NHL thus far, 23 have gone past regulation play (33.8 percent), 16 of the 23 have gone to a shootout.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Claude Giroux - (C) #28
The captain is back in the line-up… Claude Giroux will make his first appearance in the preseason tonight… He has led the team in scoring in each of the last three seasons, where he has also averaged at least a point-per game… He was one of two players last season to have played in all 48 games (Voracek being the other).

5. Player to watch DEVILS: Patrik Elias - (LW) #26
The Devils legendary forward has appeared in just one preseason game and made it a multi-point contest, scoring a goal on his only shot and adding an assist… Elias enters his 18th season in the NHL, all of which he has played with the Devils, appearing in over 1,000 NHL games (1,090) and posting 930 points in the regular season and 162 games with 125 points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including two Championships.

QUOTABLE
"There's depth, there's room (on the roster) and we're still looking. Things aren't settled here yet so it should be interesting."
- Peter Laviolette

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 49 36 9 4 161 110 76
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
4 NYR 51 28 18 5 146 132 61
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 NYI 49 26 17 6 134 121 58
7 DET 51 25 18 8 125 130 58
8 NJD 52 26 20 6 117 118 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 49 23 18 8 117 128 54
12 MTL 52 24 24 4 137 141 52
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 49 16 27 -3 43
J. Voracek 49 8 33 3 41
W. Simmonds 49 18 16 -4 34
B. Schenn 47 14 15 -1 29
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
S. Gostisbehere 31 8 16 4 24
M. Read 48 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 49 4 10 -6 14
M. Raffl 49 6 6 4 12
M. Del Zotto 47 3 9 -8 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 12 6 .916 2.71
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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