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Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:46 AM

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Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils

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Game Notes

Tonight is the seventh game of the year and fourth game on the road for the Flyers... It also marks the first of back-to-back games in a home-and-home series with the Devils... The Flyers are winless to start the season, going 0-3-3, however four of their first six games have been decided by one goal, including two in overtime and one in a shootout... The Flyers have scored a shorthanded goal in their last three games and lead the League with four... Scottie Upshall has eight points (3G,5A) in 10 career games against New Jersey... The Flyers have scored 11 of their 20 goals this season in the second period and have scored at least one goal in the second period in every game this season...Simon Gagne has a recorded at least a point in each of his last five games, while Danny Briere has recorded at least a point in five of his first six games and Jeff Carter has scored a goal in four of his last five contests.

Lifetime vs. New Jersey
This is the first of six meetings this year against the Devils and the first game in the Flyers’ second home-and-home series… In eight meetings with the Devils last season the Flyers went 2-5-1, including a 0-3-1 record on the road… The Flyers own a 90-78-19-5 record against the New Jersey franchise (which includes Colorado and Kansas City)... Flyers are winless in their last 12 trips to Newark, New Jersey, going 0-9-3 in that span (0-3-1 in the last three seasons).

Danny Briere and the Flyers will face New Jersey for the first of six times this season. (Getty Images)

Danny Briere (C): Is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury?Simon Gagne (LW): Missed last game... Listed as day-to-day with the flu?Derian Hatcher (D): Missed the last six games... Out Indefinitely?Ryan Parent (D): Missed the last six games... Out Indefinitely?Randy Jones (D): Missed the last six games... Out Indefinitely

October 13 - Flyers acquired defenseman Andrew Alberts from Boston in exchange for forward Ned Lukacevic and a conditional pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
October 20 - Flyers reassigned forwards Steve Downie and Jared Ross to the Philadelphia Phantoms.
October 21 - Flyers recalled forward Andreas Nodl from the Philadelphia Phantoms.
October 23 - Flyers recalled forwards Darroll Powe and Jared Ross from the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Flyers Record Against
The Flyers are 0-2-1 at the Wachovia Center and 0-1-2 on the road this season. Philadelphia has a 0-1-1 record in the Atlantic Division, a 0-2-1 record against the Eastern Conference and a 0-1-2 record against Western Conference opponents.

Goals For/Against
The Flyers have scored 20 goals this season, averaging 3.33 goals per game. They have allowed 28 goals against this season (4.53 GAA).

Special Teams
Power Play - Philadelphia has scored five goals on 31 power-play attempts (16.1%)... They have gone 4-for-16 (25%) at home and 1-for-15 (6.7%) in on the road thus far... Penalty Kill - The Flyers successfully killed 31 of 38 power plays against this season (79.5%) , including 12 of 15 attempts at home (80%) and 19 of 24 attempts on the road (79.2%)... The Flyers lead the league with four shorthanded goals this year, including a shorthanded penalty shot goal scored by Simon Gagne on Oct. 16 at Colorado.

Three rookies have made their NHL debut with the Flyers this season: Andreas Nodl, Jared Ross and Luca Sbisa. Sbisa is the fourth youngest Flyer and second youngest defenseman at 18 years, 255 days to play for the Flyers.

Youngest players to make debut with the Flyers:
1. Dainius Zubrus (F) 18 years, 111 days
2. Mark Freer (F) 18 years, 198 days
3. Steve Smith (D) 18 years, 215 days
4. Luca Sbisa (D) 18 years, 255 days

Back-to-Back Games
The Flyers have 18 pairs of back-to-back games this season. They have a record of 0-1-0 in the first game and a 0-0-1 mark in the second game.

(AP) - The Philadelphia Flyers are the NHL's lone winless team, and their goalies can take much of the blame. The New Jersey Devils, meanwhile, haven't had a problem with their goaltender for the past 15 season.

The Flyers try to register their first victory of the season on Friday night against a Devils team they haven't beaten on the road since 2004.

Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki haven't stopped many shots for Philadelphia (0-3-3), while opponents are again having trouble getting the puck past the Devils' Martin Brodeur.

Brodeur earned his 98th career shutout in Wednesday's 5-0 victory over the Dallas Stars, leaving him six shy of breaking Terry Sawchuk's NHL record. The future Hall of Famer also needs nine more victories to top Patrick Roy's 551 on the career list.

"We made the most of our scoring opportunities. Marty made a couple of big saves at key times," New Jersey coach Brent Sutter said. "It was a real solid win here tonight."

It was Brodeur's second shutout in the past three games, and he has allowed eight goals in six starts. That puts his goals-against average at 1.30, nearly a goal less than his career mark of 2.20.

Brodeur's play is a major reason why the Devils are off to a 5-1-0 start and have won three straight. Even with a five-goal performance Wednesday, New Jersey has scored 14 times in those six games.

Philadelphia has scored 20 goals to rank among the top 10 teams in the league, but has surrendered 28. Biron has a 5.00 GAA, allowing 15 goals in his four games, while Niittymaki's GAA is at 3.81. The two have combined for an .857 save percentage.

Last season, Biron and Niittymaki combined for a 2.73 GAA and a .913 save percentage, helping Philadelphia reach the Eastern Conference finals.

In a 7-6 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, Philadelphia tied the game four times, including a rally from a 6-4 deficit in the third period. However, Biron gave up goals to both shooters in the shootout after entering the game in the second in place of Niittymaki, who surrendered four goals on just 15 shots.

"You score six goals. It should be enough to win," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "You look at the game we played, there are a lot of games we have scored enough to win. I thought tonight we created a lot of opportunities offensively, but it's no secret. You get your goals against down, you win hockey games."

The Flyers have lost all three games that have gone past regulation this season, also falling twice in overtime. The Flyers went 3-6 in shootouts and dropped five of eight overtime contests in 2007-08.

New Jersey has won 12 straight home meetings with Philadelphia since a 3-1 loss on March 9, 2004. The Devils went 6-2-0 against the Flyers last season, improving to 18-5-1 versus their Atlantic Division rivals since the start of the 2005-06 season.

Brodeur is 42-21-1 with six ties, eight shutouts and a 2.41 GAA against Philadelphia. The 42 wins are his most against any opponent.

2008-2009 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 23 '09 NJD 2 at PHI 4 J. Carter
Mar 01 '09 PHI 0 at NJD 3 J. Langenbrunner
Dec 21 '08 PHI 2 at NJD 3 - SO T. Zajac
Dec 04 '08 NJD 3 at PHI 2 - OT P. Elias
Oct 25 '08 NJD 2 at PHI 3 - OT J. Carter
Oct 24 '08 PHI 6 at NJD 3 S. Hartnell
M. Richards74610+01320
D. Briere6347-3410
J. Carter7516+1400
S. Gagne6516+1420
S. Hartnell7336-1601
M. Knuble7145+0610
J. Lupul7314-1700
S. Upshall7134+0810
K. Timonen7044+3600
B. Coburn7112+41400
O. Vaananen7022-3800
L. Sbisa7022-5800
S. Eminger7011-4600
G. Metropolit6011-1200
A. Nodl2011-1000
R. Cote7000-12000
A. Asham7000-2000
A. Alberts5000+01300
S. Downie4000-2900
L. Kukkonen3000-2000
J. Ross2000-1200
D. Powe1000+0000
M. Biron51-3-1181204.50.850
A. Niittymaki40-0-2121013.81.881
Z. Parise75510+5021
P. Elias7235-1801
T. Zajac7145+4400
B. Gionta7044+0200
J. Madden7303-1600
J. Langenbrunner7123+31401
A. Greene4123+1200
D. Clarkson7112+11400
D. Zubrus7112+0810
B. Rolston4112+1211
P. Martin7022+1600
J. Pandolfo7022-1000
P. Vrana3101-1000
C. White7011+5800
J. Oduya7011+4200
B. Salvador7011-11100
P. Letourneau-Leblond2011+11000
M. Rupp7000+1700
M. Mottau7000+0200
B. Holik5000+0000
A. Salmela3000+1000
M. Brodeur75-2-0131641.82.921
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