PHILADELPHIA, PA - The New Jersey Devils faced a team on yet another Home Opener, this time in Philadelphia as the Flyers opened the 2019-20 season at Wells Fargo Center. The Devils were shutout by the Flyers and are still on the hunt for their first win of the season.
New Jersey returns home Thursday night to take on the Edmonton Oilers. The game can be seen on MSG and heard on the Devils Hockey Network, including right here at NewJerseyDevils.com. Puck drop is 7:08 p.m. ET.
The first period was scoreless for both teams, but Devils netminder Cory Schneider made some big saves for New Jersey, denying Oskar Lindblom and Sean Couturier.
Former Flyer Wayne Simmonds was honored early in the first period, with a tribute video and a standing ovation from the Philadelphia crowd. Simmonds spent eight seasons with the Flyers and this was his first time returning to Wells Fargo Center as a visitor.
The Flyers got the scoring going 10 minutes into the second period when Ivan Provorov's powerplay slapshot beat Schneider through traffic. The goal was his first of the season and assisted by Matt Niskanen and Travis Konecny.
The Devils had three powerplay opportunities in the second period, including two 5-on-3 chances, but did not connect on the advantage, so they headed into the final frame trailing 1-0.
"On the 5-on-3 we had some good looks, they didn't get in, but obviously the special teams on both sides have to be better tomorrow," said Hynes.
The Flyers added to their 1-0 lead just 33 seconds into the final period on the power play. Kevin Hayes scored off the face-off to give the Flyers a 2-0 lead, assisted by Claude Giroux. Philadelphia made it a 3-0 game only 24 seconds later, scored by Sean Couturier, assisted by Oskar Lindblom and Ivan Provorov.
The final goal of the game for the Flyers came 11:46 into the third period from Travis Konecny, unassisted, to give Philadelphia a 4-0 lead.
Head coach John Hynes thought Schneider played well in net, but collectively the team needed to be better.
"I thought he played good, he made some great plays, he had some breakdowns. Obviously, collectively, it wasn't enough on the offense side. We've got to get better on that," said Hynes.
Cory Schneider saved 29 of 33 shots on goal in the loss. He is now 0-1-0 for the season.