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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at New Jersey Devils

Flyers wrap up road trip up the turnpike against rival Devils

Tuesday, 01.7.2014 / 8:47 AM ET / News
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FIVE THINGS: Flyers at New Jersey Devils
Philadelphia Flyers (21-17-4--46pts)
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  New Jersey Devils (17-18-8--42pts)
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1. TURNPIKE RIVALRY
This is the third of four meetings against the Devils… The teams have combined for four goals in the two meetings, both of which have been shutouts with the Flyers dropping the last contest, 3-0 on Nov. 7 in Philadelphia, but winning the first meeting, 1-0 at New Jersey on Nov. 2… All four goals have come at even strength as neither team has scored on the power-play in eight attempts this season… The Flyers have won the season series against the Devils in four of the last five seasons, however all-time, the Flyers own a 78-85-15-10 record since the franchise moved to New Jersey in 1982, including a 29-54-6-5 mark at New Jersey.

2. ON THE LINE
The Flyers will be looking to solidify their second-place position in the Metropolitan Division with 46 points, one point ahead of the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers, both do not play tonight, and the Carolina Hurricanes, who play Buffalo… Four points separate the second-place Flyers with the seventh-place Columbus Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division… The Flyers are tied for the fifth most Regulation/Overtime wins in the Eastern Conference (18)… Of the next 12 Flyers games, 11 will be Eastern Conference opponents, with six being Metropolitan Division opponents.

3. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER
The Flyers come into tonight, looking to improve on their 4-1-0 record on their six-game road trip… The Flyers have also won seven of their last nine games, going 7-2-0, while New Jersey has lost two straight games, but has points in seven of its last ten, going 5-3-2 in that span… The Devils are the NHL's least penalized team, averaging 7.9 PIM's per-game, while the Flyers are the NHL's most penalized team, averaging 16.2 PIM's per-game… Four of the last five Devils games have been decided by one-goal, all of which were 2-1… The Flyers are perfect on the penalty kill in the last four games, going 12-for-12… The Devils own the 2nd best penalty killing unit at home in the NHL at 91.8% (56-for-61).

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Scott Hartnell (LW: 19)
Hartnell comes into tonight riding a seven-game point streak in which he has posted three goals and eight points… Hartnell will be going for a career-high point streak tonight as his current seven-game streak matches a career-high, with the last time coming in the 2011-12 season (Dec. 19-Jan. 5)… Hartnell is tied for the team lead in plus-minus (with Timonen at +5)… He is fifth on the team in points (21) with nine goals and 12 assists… Against the Devils, Hartnell has 10 goals and 19 points in 45 games and leads all current Flyers with 65 penalty minutes against New Jersey.

5. Player to watch DEVILS: Jaromir Jagr (RW: 68)
Jagr owns 41 goals and 67 assists for 108 points in his career against the Flyers… For the Devils, he leads the team in assists (21), points (34), plus-minus (+11) and is tied for the team lead in goals (13)… Jagr has just one point (assist) in his last six games… In two meetings against the Flyers this season, Jagr has one goal… At 694 career goals, he will pass Mark Messier with his next goal for seventh all-time in NHL history.

QUOTABLE
"These Division games especially are big and New Jersey, they've always played us tough and we've always had a tough time winning in New Jersey. So we have to have that mentality that we've had the last few games and come out with a big effort and get two points."
- Scott Hartnell

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Giroux 51 16 28 -6 44
J. Voracek 51 8 34 -1 42
W. Simmonds 51 18 16 -6 34
B. Schenn 49 14 15 -1 29
S. Gostisbehere 33 9 18 4 27
S. Couturier 40 9 15 9 24
M. Read 50 9 9 -5 18
S. Laughton 51 4 10 -6 14
M. Del Zotto 49 4 9 -9 13
M. Raffl 51 6 6 2 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 12 13 7 .916 2.69
M. Neuvirth 11 6 2 .933 2.14
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