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|Joffrey Lupul tries to get through New Jersey's Dainius Zubrus (left) and Patrik Elias during a game at the Prudential Center earlier this season. (Getty Images)|
REGULAR SEASON LIFETIME SERIES VS. NEW JERSEY:
This is the seventh of eight meetings between these two teams this season. The Flyers are 1-5-0 this season and winless in their last five contests against the Devils, with their only victory coming on Oct. 18, 4-0. Mike Richards leads Philly in the series, having recorded nine points (3G,6A) in six games. Philadelphia has scored 50 percent of its goals (6 of 12) on the power play in the season series. The Flyers lead the all-time series with an 89-78-18-5 record, but have a 33-51-8-2 record on the road.
January 22: New Jersey 7, FLYERS 3 at Wachovia Center: The Devils rode five power play goals to a 7-3 win over the Flyers. Defenseman Johnny Oduya posted four points (1G,3A) in the contest to lead the Devils. Danny Briere, Mike Knuble and Jeff Carter each scored a goal for the Flyers. Goaltender Antero Niittymaki allowed five goals on 20 shots faced in 34:33 minutes played to record the loss. Stars of the Game: 1st - Johnny Oduya; 2nd - Patrik Elias; 3rd - Mike Richards.
TOTAL MAN-GAMES LOST TO INJURY IN 2007-08: 292
Simon Gagne (LW) - Has missed the last 22 games due a mild concussion sustained at Pittsburgh on Feb. 10...Will be out of action indefinitely.
Derian Hatcher (D) - Missed last five games after sustaining a fracture of his right tibia at Boston on March 15...Will be out of action indefinitely.
Randy Jones (D) - Missed last six games due to a hip flexor injury sustained vs. Toronto on March 12...Is on a day-to-day basis.
R.J. Umberger (C) - Missed last four games due a MCL sprain to his left knee sustained at Pittsburgh on Sunday...Will be out of action for at least two weeks.
FLYERS' RECORD AGAINST:
The Flyers have a 34-23-10 record against Eastern Conference opponents; including 7-8-5 against Northeast Division teams, 13-4-3 against Southeast Division teams and 14-11-2 against Atlantic Division teams, and a 5-5-0 record against the Western Conference; including 3-2-0 against Northwest Division teams and 2-3-0 against Pacific Division teams.
GOALS FOR/GOALS AGAINST:
The Flyers have scored 231 goals this season (3.00 goals per game average)...The Flyers allowed 216 goals against this season (2.77 GAA).
The Flyers have a 36-9-7 record when scoring three or more goals and a 3-19-3 record when scoring two or fewer goals. The Flyers have an 8-24-8 record when allowing three or more goals and a 31-4-2 record when allowing two or fewer goals.
The Flyers' 4-0 loss vs. NY Rangers on Jan. 31, ended the team's streak of 11 straight games of scoring at least three goals (48 goals over span - 4.36 goals per game).
The Flyers have scored 82 goals on 367 power play attempts this season (22.3%), including 36 goals on 175 on the road (20.6%)...The Flyers have successfully killed 303 of 363 power play attempts against this season (83.5%), including 161 of 191 attempts on the road (84.3%)...The Flyers scored 13 shorthanded goals this season, while allowing six shorthanded goals against.
The Flyers' 4-0 loss vs. NY Rangers on Jan. 31, ended the team's streak of 11 straight games of scoring a power play goal (19 goals in 57 power play attempts - 33.3%).
The Flyers have 17 pairs of back-to-back games this season. They have a 5-6-5 record in the first game and a 6-8-2 record in the second game this season.
Martin Biron - 47
Mike Richards - 47
Jeff Carter - 36
Danny Briere - 35
March 25: FLYERS 2, NY Rangers 1 in overtime at Madison Square Garden: Philadelphia fought their way back from a 1-0 deficit for most of the game and Mike Richards finished off the comeback to give the Flyers a 2-1 overtime victory against the Rangers. Danny Briere scored the equalizer at 13:28 in the third period off a feed from Vaclav Prospal, while Martin Biron turned aside 31 of 32 shots, including all 21 through the final two periods and overtime, to earn his third straight victory. Stars of the Game: 1st: Mike Richards; 2nd: Martin Biron; 3rd: Danny Briere.
March 23: FLYERS 4, NY Islanders 1 at Wachovia Center: The Flyers cruised to a 4-1 victory over the visiting New York Islanders guided by a three-point night from Danny Briere, who recorded a goal and two assists. Martin Biron stopped 32 of 33 shots in the contest to earn his sixth victory of the season against the Islanders. Defenseman Braydon Coburn and Scott Hartnell each scored a goal, while Vaclav Prospal posted a goal and an assist for Philadelphia, who moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Eastern Conference with the win. Stars of the Game: 1st: Danny Briere; 2nd: Vaclav Prospal; 3rd: Martin Biron.
March 21: FLYERS 4, NY Rangers 3 in a shootout at Wachovia Center: The Flyers outscored the Rangers in the shootout, 2-0, to earn the 4-3 win. Mike Richards and Jeff Carter each scored on their shootout attempt, while goaltender Martin Biron stopped both Rangers' shootout attempts. Danny Briere scored two goals to lead the Flyers. Richards also scored a goal in regulation play. Biron stopped 23 of 26 shots faced in regulation and overtime. Stars of the Game: 1st - Danny Briere; 2nd - Christian Backman; 3rd - Jeff Carter.
March 18: FLYERS 3, Atlanta 2 at Wachovia Center: The Flyers received goals from Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Vaclav Prospal to earn a 3-2 win and their ninth straight victory over the Atlanta Thrashers. Joffrey Lupul added two assists on the night, while Antero Niitymaki turned aside 17 of 19 shots, including a point-blank opportunity from Ilya Kovalchuck in the waning seconds of the game to preserve the victory. Stars of the Game: 1st: Jeff Carter; 2nd: Joffrey Lupul; 3rd: Kari Lehtonen.
"It's a whole new ballgame (Friday)," Philadelphia's Jeff Carter told the team's official Web site. "I don't care what happened at the start of the year. I know we're playing good hockey right now."
Meeting for the first time since New Jersey won 7-3 at Philadelphia on Jan. 22, both are coming off different results against the New York Rangers.
New Jersey gave up two third-period goals in falling 3-2 at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, two nights after Philadelphia won 2-1 overtime at New York to open a final four-game road trip before closing with two at home - including a date with the Devils on April 4.
"To me, (this is) about as close as playoffs can be," said Flyers goalie Martin Biron, who made 31 saves Tuesday for his third straight win. "That's why you don't look ahead to the playoffs, because you're playing in the playoffs right now."
Biron has stopped 63 of the 65 shots he's faced in his last two contests, but is 1-3-0 with a 3.75 goals-against average versus the Devils this season. He has lost all seven of his previous starts in New Jersey.
Briere, who has four goals and two assists in his last three games, has scored just twice against the Devils this season.
Patrik Elias and Zach Parise each scored Thursday for New Jersey, which blew a 2-1 lead and has just five goals in its last five games after recording eight total in its two victories prior to the skid.
"We can't afford to lose games like this at this time of year," Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said. "It's extremely frustrating for us, a team that prides itself on being able to finish games."
Martin Brodeur made 28 saves Thursday in his fifth consecutive loss, but hopes to bounce while trying for a sixth straight win over Philadelphia. Brodeur has started all six contests versus the Flyers this season, posting a 2.00 GAA in those games.
Parise, the team leader with 31 goals, had two in the Devils' most recent win over Philadelphia.