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New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Tonight's game is the Flyers' 47th game of the season...The Flyers have a 26-15-5 record for 57 points through 46 games (second in the Atlantic Division, fourth in the Eastern Conference and tied for sixth overall in the NHL)...The Flyers have won their last four games, have a 7-0-1 record in their last eight games and a 10-1-2 record in their last 13 games...The Flyers defeated the Senators in Philadelphia on Sunday, 6-1, the Islanders in New York on Saturday, 5-3, the Florida Panthers in Philadelphia on Wednesday, 5-3, and the Capitals in Washington on Jan. 12, 6-4...Tonight's game is the second game of a five-game homestand (1-0-0 record through one game)...The Flyers play seven of their next eight games at home...The Flyers have surpassed their win and point totals from last season (finished the 2006-07 season with 22 wins and 56 points)...The Flyers have a 19-4-3 record when scoring the first goal of the game...The Flyers have only lost three times when leading after a period (11-1-1 record when leading after the first period and 22-1-0 record when leading after two periods)...The Flyers have a 10-5-5 record at home and a 16-10-0 record on the road...The Flyers' 6-0-0 home record was the team's best start at home since their 8-0-0 start at home during the 1986-87 season...The Flyers have won their last five road games...The Flyers lead the NHL in penalty minutes per game at 18.8 minutes per game.

Shots: The Flyers have averaged 27.4 shots per game and have allowed 33.0 shots per game this season...The Flyers have been outshot on average 5.6 shots per game...The Flyers have been outshot in 31 of 46 games this season (8-3-2 record when outshooting opponent; 16-12-3 record when outshot by opponent; 2-0-0 record when shots are even).
Sami Kapanen and New Jersey's Andy Greene battle for position during a game at the Prudential Center on January 4. (Getty Images)

REGULAR SEASON LIFETIME VS. NEW JERSEY: This is the sixth of eight meetings between these two teams this season. The Flyers lost four of the first five games between these two teams this season, including the last four games. The Flyers have been outscored, 17 to 9, over the first five games. Mike Richards leads all players in series scoring with seven points (3G,4A). Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has appeared in all five games with a 4-1-0 record, 1.80 GAA and .929 save percentage. Tuesday's game will be televised by Comcast SportsNet and broadcast by 610-WIP, starting at 7:00 p.m.


Rory Fitzpatrick (D) - Has missed the last three games due to a sports hernia...Will be out of action indefinitely.
Joffrey Lupul (RW) - Has missed the last seven games due to a mild concussion and spinal cord contusion sustained at Toronto on Jan. 5...Will be out of action indefinitely.


January 22 - Flyers reassigned forward Denis Tolpeko to the Philadelphia Phantoms.


The Flyers have a 23-11-5 record against Eastern Conference opponents; including 5-4-2 against Northeast Division teams, 10-2-2 against Southeast Division teams and 8-5-1 against Atlantic Division teams, and a 3-4-0 record against the Western Conference; including 3-2-0 against Northwest Division teams and 0-2-0 against Pacific Division teams.


The Flyers have scored 153 goals this season (3.33 goals per game average)...The Flyers allowed 125 goals against this season (2.70 GAA).

The Flyers have a 24-1-5 record when scoring three or more goals and a 2-14-0 record when scoring two or fewer goals. The Flyers have a 5-13-5 record when allowing three or more goals and a 21-2-0 record when allowing two or fewer goals.

The Flyers lead the NHL in goals for during the second period (65)...The Flyers have allowed the second fewest goals against in the NHL in the third period (29).

The Flyers have scored at least three goals in each of the last eight games (38 goals over span - 4.75 goals per game).


The Flyers have scored 57 goals on 228 power play attempts this season (25.0%, first in the NHL), including 29 goals on 108 attempts at home (26.8%, first in the NHL)...The Flyers have successfully killed 188 of 228 power play attempts against this season (82.5%), including 73 of 88 attempts at home (83.0%)...The Flyers scored nine shorthanded goals this season, while allowing four shorthanded goals against.

The Flyers have scored at least a power play goal in each of the last eight games (15 goals in 40 power play attempts - 37.5%).


R.J. Umberger - Needs two points to reach 100 in the NHL and as a Flyer.

Complete standings - click here
Mike Richards - 38 points
Martin Biron - 34 points
Joffrey Lupul - 27 points


January 20: FLYERS 6, Ottawa 1 at Wachovia Center: The Flyers scored the first four goals of the game and the final two goals of the game to defeat the Senators, 6-1. Scottie Upshall (2G), Braydon Coburn (1G), Scott Hartnell (1G), R.J. Umberger (1G), Sami Kapanen (1G) each scored at least one goal. Coburn (1G,2A) and Upshall (2G,1A) each posted three points in the contest. Goaltender Antero Niittymaki stopped 25 of 26 shots faced to record the win. Stars of the Game: 1st - Simon Gagne; 2nd - Scottie Upshall; 3rd - Riley Cote.

January 19: FLYERS 5, NY Islanders 3 at Nassau Coliseum: The Flyers scored the first goal of the game and the final four goals of the game to turn a 3-1 second-period deficit into a 5-3 win. Scott Hartnell led the Flyers by posting four points in the contest (3G,1A). Each of Hartnell's three goals were scored on the power play (tied team record for most power play goals in a game - fourth time). Steve Downie and Mike Richards each scored a goal for the Flyers. Goaltender Martin Biron stopped 28 of 31 shots faced to record the win. Stars of the Game: 1st - Scott Hartnell; 2nd - Mike Richards; 3rd - Kimmo Timonen.

January 16: FLYERS 5, Florida 3 at Wachovia Center: The Flyers rode four first-period goals to a 5-3 win over the Panthers. Kimmo Timonen led the Flyers with a goal and two assists. Simon Gagne (1G), Scott Hartnell (1G) and Danny Briere (2G) each scored at least a goal for the Flyers. Mike Richards and Jim Vandermeer each posted two assists. Goaltender Antero Niittymaki stopped 28 of 31 shots faced to record the win. Stars of the Game: 1st - Kimmo Timonen; 2nd - Antero Niittymaki; 3rd - Mike Richards.

January 13: FLYERS 6, Washington 4 at Verizon Center: After allowing the first goal of the game, the Flyers scored the next four goals to take a 4-1 second-period lead and held on to a 6-4 win over the Capitals. Mike Richards, R.J. Umberger, Mike Knuble (2G), Jim Dowd and Kimmo Timonen each scored at least a goal for the Flyers. Timonen posted three points to lead the Flyers (1G,2A). Goaltender Martin Biron stopped 28 of 32 shots faced to record the win. Stars of the Game: 1st - Mike Knuble; 2nd - Kimmo Timonen; 3rd - Mike Green.

January 12: Boston 4, FLYERS 3 in overtime at Wachovia Center: The Flyers rallied from a two-goal third-period deficit to tie the score at 3-3, but lost 4-3 in overtime to Bruins as Aaron Ward scored 43 seconds in overtime. Jeff Carter, Scott Hartnell and Danny Briere each scored a goal for the Flyers. Goaltender Antero Niittymaki allowed four goals on 32 shots faced to record the loss, ending his four-game winning streak. Defenseman Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with three assists. Stars of the Game: 1st - Aaron Ward; 2nd - R.J. Umberger; 3rd - Zdeno Chara.

January 10: FLYERS 6, NY Rangers 2 at Madison Square Garden: The Flyers allowed the first two goals of the game, but rebounded by scoring the final six goals in the game en route to a 6-2 win over the Rangers. Scott Hartnell led the Flyers by posting a natural hat trick. Mike Richards also posted three points in the contest (3A). Simon Gagne, Stefan Ruzicka and Mike Knuble each scored a goal for the Flyers. Gagne returned to the lineup after missing the previous 26 games due to injury. Goaltender Antero Niittymaki stopped 39 of 41 shots faced to record his fourth consecutive win. Stars of the Game: 1st - Scott Hartnell; 2nd - Antero Niittymaki; 3rd - Steve Downie.

The Philadelphia Flyers will have to figure out a way to beat New Jersey if they hope to match their longest winning streak of the season.

The Flyers will be trying to win their fifth straight game on Tuesday when they host a Devils team which has dominated them in recent seasons.

Philadelphia (26-15-5) has lost four straight against New Jersey by a combined 17-5 score since winning the first meeting this season. In their last 16 games against the Devils (27-17-3), the Flyers have gone 2-11-3.

Philadelphia has dropped 11 straight in New Jersey, but is 2-3-2 in its last seven home games against its Atlantic Division rival.

"They play a hard-nosed game when we face them, and for whatever reason we match that intensity," Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said after his team won 3-0 in the last meeting on Jan. 4.

New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur made 36 saves in that game and earned his 40th win over the Flyers - his most against any opponent. Brodeur, tied with San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov for the league lead with 25 wins, has been sharp lately, allowing two or fewer goals in eight straight starts and 11 of 12.

However, Philadelphia enters this meeting on its longest winning streak since a five-game run Oct. 10-20. The Flyers have lost only once in regulation in their last 13 games, going 10-1-2.

"Right now depth is a big key to our success," said Scottie Upshall, who had two goals and an assist in Sunday's 6-1 win over Eastern Conference-leading Ottawa. "Our last 10 games we've had everyone except (Joffrey) Lupul healthy, and he's been a big part of our team."

Lupul has missed the last seven games and is out indefinitely after sustaining a mild concussion and spinal cord contusion at Toronto on Jan. 5. However, Philadelphia, which opened a six-game homestand Sunday, has hardly seemed to miss him, averaging 4.8 goals while winning seven of its last eight games.

The Flyers have scored a power-play goal in each of those eight games, going 15-for-40 with the man advantage. They are converting a league-best 25.0 percent of their power-play chances this season.

"We are getting contributions up and down our lineup," coach John Stevens told the Flyers' official Web site. "Special teams have been good, so a lot of things have come together at a critical time. Points we gain now are going to be important down the line."

Scott Hartnell, acquired in a June trade with Nashville, has been one of the keys to Philadelphia's recent surge, picking up 10 goals and four assists in his last seven games. He scored once against Ottawa a day after recording a hat trick against the New York Islanders.

"Hart's (Hartnell) been on fire lately, so to speak," Upshall said Sunday of his former Predators teammate. "Tonight he actually said, '(I feel) it's going to be my night tonight.' Being the good buddies that we are, it was a big win for us."

The Devils rebounded from back-to-back losses with Sunday's 3-2 win over Toronto. John Madden, who missed both of the defeats with an injured right ankle, returned to score two goals.

"He's great on faceoffs and in so many parts of the game," said Brodeur, who made 34 saves. "We're happy to have him back."

New Jersey won despite going 0-for-3 on the power play, and is now 0-for-15 with the man advantage over the last four games.

2007-2008 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 04 '08 NJD 0 at PHI 3 R. Umberger
Mar 28 '08 PHI 4 at NJD 5 - SO J. Langenbrunner
Jan 22 '08 NJD 7 at PHI 3 P. Elias
Jan 04 '08 PHI 0 at NJD 3 P. Martin
Dec 16 '07 PHI 2 at NJD 4 A. Asham
Nov 17 '07 NJD 6 at PHI 2 P. Elias
Nov 08 '07 PHI 1 at NJD 4 D. Zubrus
Oct 18 '07 NJD 0 at PHI 4 M. Richards
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