WILD CARD TRACKER
1. NYR: 98 pts, 4 games remaining
2. BOS: 88 pts, 5 games remaining
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3. TBL: 85 pts, 6 games remaining
4. CAR: 84 pts, 6 games remaining
5. NYI: 84 pts, 5 games remaining
6. PHI: 82 pts, 5 games remaining
1. OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS
The Flyers come into tonight on a three-game winning streak and have won four of their last five games overall, but also have a four-game winning streak on home ice where they have out-scored their opponent, 16-8… They have also won six of their last seven at the Wells Fargo Center… The Devils come into tonight on a five-game losing skid, going 0-3-2, and have lost nine straight games on the road, going 0-9-0 in nearly two months, since Feb. 4 at Columbus.
2. RESTED & READY
The Devils are playing the second half of games on back-to-back nights and own a winning record of 7-5-4 in that scenario, while the Flyers play the first of a back-to-back set, traveling to NY to play the Rangers on Sunday night… The Flyers own an 9-7-0 record in the first game… This is the fourth of five meetings and final meeting at home against the Devils, who have won the first three games, out-scoring the Flyers by a 14-3 margin.
3. A BIT STREAKY
Jordan Weal has goals in three straight games and four goals in his last six contests, while defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has a three-game point streak where he has four points (1g-3a)… Brayden Schenn is currently on an eight-game point streak at home, posting 10 points (4-g-6a) in that stretch… Steve Mason has backstopped the Flyers in their last nine victories dating back to Feb. 28… Since then, he has a 9-4-1 record to go along with a 2.17 GAA and .926 save percentage… Pavel Zacha is the lone Devil on a point streak, posting assists in two straight games while also recording points in eight of his last 10 games.
4. APRIL SHOWERS
Both teams enter the month of April playing five games in a span of nine days to end the regular season… The Flyers play two sets of back to backs and all five teams are Metropolitan Division opponents… Wayne Simmonds led the Flyers last April with six goals and seven points in five games to end the season… Taylor Hall's most productive month is April - he averages over a point per game (1.17) with 35 points (9g-26a) in 30 games.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (C: #14 - Sean Couturier)
Couturier led all Flyers in the month of March, recording 14 points (4g-10) in 15 games, all of which came at even strength… He also led the Flyers with a +16 rating in the month, which led all players in the NHL… Couturier is coming off a three-point game (1g-2a) and now has eight points (2g-6a) in his last seven contests.
DEVILS (RW: #21 - Kyle Palmieri)
Palmieri leads the Devils in goal scoring with 25 tallies this season and ranks second with 50 points in 75 games… Against the Flyers, he has three goals, including a game-winner, and four points in three games of the season series this year… He also averages over a point-per-game pace against the Flyers in his career with eight goals and 13 points in 10 career games.
TODAY AT 50
On April 1, 1973… Rick MacLeish hit two different coveted milestones when he became the charter member of the Flyers' 50-goal club and the second to reach 100 points in a season. Teammate Bobby Clarke scored his 100th point of the 1972-73 season three days earlier.
Season Series: 0-3-0
All-Time Record: 194gp (77-90-15-11)
PHI: 58pts, Voracek (19g-39a)
NJD: 51pts, Hall (19g-32a)
(PHI: 51-for-261, 19.5%, 15th)
(NJD: 43-for-233, 18.4%, 18th)
(PHI: 182-of-229, 79.5%, 22nd)
(NJD: 194-for-241, 80.5%, T-17th)