Welcome to the Official Site of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Facebook of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Twitter of the Philadelphia Flyers Official Instagram of the Philadelphia Flyers Official LinkedIn of the Philadelphia Flyers Official DeskSite of the Philadelphia Flyers Flyer Wire
New Jersey

Game Preview

Flyers, Devils aim to get offenses on track

Thursday, 11.07.2013 / 12:54 PM

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Share with your Friends

Flyers, Devils aim to get offenses on track
New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers

DEVILS (3-7-4) at FLYERS (4-9-1)


Last 10: New Jersey 3-6-1; Philadelphia 3-6-1

Season series: It's the second meeting in a week between the Metropolitan Division rivals. On Nov. 2 Brayden Schenn scored the game's only goal and Ray Emery made 14 saves for a 1-0 win by the Philadelphia Flyers against the New Jersey Devils.

Big story: Neither team has done much offensively recently. The Flyers have one goal in each of their past two games and are 30th in the League at 1.57 goals per game. The Devils have been shut out in two straight and are 28th in the League at 1.86 goals per game.

Team Scope:

Devils: The Devils could have a vital cog in their offense back for their game Thursday.

Travis Zajac practiced Wednesday and will be in the lineup against the Flyers, according to general manager Lou Lamoriello.

Zajac sprained his ankle during a fall at practice last week.

The center has one goal and three assists in 12 games, but generally has played well against the Flyers, with 27 points in 39 games.

In addition, defenseman Anton Volchenkov, who sat out the Devils' loss at the Minnesota Wild on Sunday due to a lower-body injury, will also return to the lineup.

Flyers: After watching his team score one goal or fewer for the eighth time in 14 games this season during a 2-1 overtime loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday, Flyers coach Craig Berube again switched his lines in a quest to discover some sort of offense.

The top line Wednesday featured Claude Giroux centering Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek, with a second line of Vincent Lecavalier back at center, between Brayden Schenn and Matt Read.

"At some point they need to start producing," Berube said. "I think guys in and out of the lineup with injury, we had to move guys around a little bit. These guys are familiar with each other. They've played well together before. I expect them to get out of it and start playing well."

The Hartnell-Giroux-Voracek combo has been together frequently the past two seasons, so there's hope something positive could come of it, at least for Giroux.

"Me, Jake and Hartsy had chemistry before," said Giroux, who now has gone 20 games, dating to last season, without a goal. "You know a little bit more what a guy's going to do with the puck. You know where he's going to be. Sometimes you don't have to look and you know he's going to be there."

Who's hot: Emery's success against the Devils last time out shouldn't be a surprise. In 10 previous games against New Jersey he was 5-3-2 with a 2.08 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and one shutout.

Injury report: Flyers forward Steve Downie is day-to-day with a concussion. … Devils defensemen Bryce Salvador (foot) and Jone Merrill (face) and forwards Patrik Elias (upper body) and Ryane Clowe (concussion) are out.


2013-2014 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Mar 11 '14 NJD 2 at PHI 1 J. Jagr
Jan 07 '14 PHI 3 at NJD 2 - OT B. Schenn
Nov 07 '13 NJD 3 at PHI 0 A. Henrique
Nov 02 '13 PHI 1 at NJD 0 B. Schenn
J. Jagr154711+3601
M. Zidlicky15189-51210
D. Brunner14437-7620
P. Elias10347+2400
A. Henrique15516+2211
M. Ryder15426-5820
T. Zajac13134-5410
D. Zubrus15213+11200
A. Greene15123-5211
A. Loktionov14123-3201
E. Gelinas6123+0210
A. Volchenkov14033+0800
S. Bernier15112-9000
R. Olesz10022-1000
B. Salvador9022-1900
C. Janssen1101+1000
S. Gionta15011-5400
A. Larsson12011-3200
R. Carter12011-6600
R. Clowe6011-5500
P. Harrold10000-6200
M. Fayne8000-3200
M. Tedenby6000-3400
J. Josefson4000-1000
J. Merrill1000+0000
M. Brodeur83-3-2191922.35.901
C. Schneider71-4-2161722.27.907
V. Lecavalier11527-71531
B. Schenn15347-52211
S. Downie12167+35311
C. Giroux15077-111000
W. Simmonds15145-92710
M. Read15314-8600
J. Voracek15134-3200
N. Grossmann15044-31200
M. Streit15044-9400
T. McGinn6303+1400
E. Gustafsson6123-1000
S. Couturier15033-1400
B. Coburn15202-61002
M. Talbot11112+1200
L. Schenn12101-71600
S. Hartnell11101-4610
K. Timonen15011-21400
Z. Rinaldo15011-33400
M. Raffl10011-2800
A. Meszaros9011-31800
K. Newbury4011+0700
A. Hall13000-2200
J. Rosehill8000-22100
H. Gill3000-1200
S. Mason113-7-1253342.37.925
R. Emery51-3-0141163.24.879
Privacy Policy | AdChoices | California Privacy Rights | Contact Us | Advertise Employment | NHL.com Terms of Use

Philadelphiaflyers.com is the official Web site of the Philadelphia Flyers. Philadelphia Flyers and philadelphiaflyers.com are trademarks of Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2015 Philadelphia Flyers, L.P. and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.