Flyers Look for Back-to-Back Wins
The Philadelphia Flyers (7-4-1) and New Jersey Devils (4-5-1) have similarities coming into Thursday night’s game.
Both team’s played games on Wednesday and will be bringing streaks into tonight’s game.
After dropping two consecutive games in which they allowed a combined 14 goals, the Flyers have won two straight and will be looking to make it a third with a win tonight.
The Devils on the other hand, will look to snap a three-game losing straight that was extended last night in a 5-3 loss on home ice to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
This is the second meeting this season. The Flyers shut out the Devils in their first game in New Jersey, the team’s first regular season shutout since April 6, 2010.
Tonight may play out similarly to the first game between these two teams.
Over New Jersey’s last three games, opponents have outscored the team, 18-7.
The Flyers are second in the league in ‘goals for’ averaging 3.67 goals per game with only the Capitals scoring more at 3.90 per game. The Devils are struggling to score goals this season averaging just 2.10 goals per game, 26th in the league.
Be on the lookout for New Jersey’s luck to change. Ranking 26th in the league, the Flyers are allowing 3.17 goals per game.
Special teams may also play a role in tonight’s game.
The Devils are 4th in the league on the penalty kill, killing off 89.2% of penalties taken.The Flyers are 10th in the league on the power play, successfully converting 21% of the time.
Patrick Elias leads the Devils in scoring with five goals and four assists for nine points; Ilya Kovalchuk has two goals and five assists for seven points and Zach Parise is second on the team in goals with four.
Claude Giroux leads the Flyers team in scoring, with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points. Both Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell are right behind Giroux, each with five goals and seven assists for 12 points.
IN THE NETS
With these teams playing in back to back games, it would not be surprising to see Sergei Bobrovsky (2-0, 3.55 GAA) and Johan Hedberg (4-3-1, 2.28 GAA) get the start.
There could be some fisticuffs, as the Flyers will have Zac Rinaldo and possibly Jody Shelley in the lineup while the Devils will dress David Clarkson and Eric Boulton.
Wayne Simmonds and Clarkson threw down in the first meeting earlier this season.
What The Puck Do You Think?
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