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5 THINGS: Devils vs. Flyers

The Flyers are back after their bye week facing the Devils tonight at the Wells Fargo center.

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers / http://www.philadelphiaflyers.com

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS

Season Series: 0-1-0

All-Time Record: 192gp (77-88-15-11)

Leading Scorers

PHI: 41pts, Voracek (13g-28a)

NJD: 30pts, Hall(11g-19a)

Power Play: (PHI: 36-for-159, 22.6%, T-6th) (NJD: 21-for-154, 13.6%, 27th)

Penalty Kill: (PHI: 111-of-138, 80.4%, T-19th) (WSH: 121-for-148, 81.8%, 15th)

 

1. 46 DOWN, 36 TO GO

After having five days off due to the bye week, the Flyers resume play with 36 games remaining out of 79 days in the regular season schedule, which includes an even amount of games at home and on the road (18)… The Flyers have 20 of their final 36 games against Metropolitan Division, including four of the next five games and 27 of 36 against the Eastern Conference.

 

2. TIRED & RESTED

The Flyers head into the weekend playing their third straight set of weekend back-to-backs and 12th set overall… They own a 7-3-1 record in Game 1 and 6-3-2 record in Game 2… The Devils are playing the second of games on back-to-back nights after taking a 3-1 loss in New Jersey last night vs. Montreal… The Devils have been successful in second games this season, earning points in eight of 10 contests, going 5-2-3… The Flyers and Devils are tied for the third most back-to-back sets in the NHL with 18.

 

3. HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

The Flyers come out of the break having dropped two straight and four of their last five games, however they won their last game at home and earned points in 10 of their last 11 on home ice, going 9-1-1 since Nov. 27… The Flyers rank in the Top 10 in the NHL on both the power-play (6th - 23.5%) and penalty kill (T-9th - 84.7%) at the Wells Fargo Center… The Flyers have won 11 of 13 games in which they have scored three or more goals on home ice (11-2-0), including including the last nine times they have scored three or more.

 

4. DEVIL COMES DOWN TO PHILLY

The Devils (47 points) come into tonight's game three points behind the Flyers in the wild card standings, and visits Philly for the first of two times this year, but overall second of five meetings this year after taking a 4-0 win at Newark on Dec. 22… The Devils have won six of their last seven meetings at the Wells Fargo Center (6-1-0) and are 12-3-3 overall against the Flyers since the start of the 2012-13 season.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH: 

FLYERS (D: #9 - Ivan Provorov)

Provorov has put up points in four of his last six games… His 20 points this season (3g-17a) leads the Flyers defense and ranks second among all rookie defensemen, while also leading all rookie d-men in even strength scoring with 17 points… Provorov leads the Flyers in average time-on-ice this season at 21:19 which is third among all NHL rookies. 

DEVILS (RW: #9 - Taylor Hall)

Hall enters today with a five-game point streak, recording two goals and five points in that stretch… In his first year with the Devils, Hall leads the team in scoring with 30 points, as well as goals on the power play (5) and game-winning goals (4)… Hall averages over a point per-game against the Flyers with 10 points (5g-5a) in seven career games.

 

TODAY AT 50

On January 21, 1984… Dave Poulin earns the first hat trick of his NHL career, tallying the second, fourth and fifth goals of a Flyers 7-1 home rout of the New York Islanders. The goals are Poulin's 13th, 14th and 15th of the season. The Flyers also get one goal apiece by both of the Sutter twins -- Ron and Rich -- as well as defenseman Doug Crossman and Darryl Sittler. Bob Froese makes 30 saves to earn the win.

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