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5 Things: Devils vs. Flyers

The Flyers return home after opening the season in Prague

by PhiladelphiaFlyers.com @NHLFlyers

Philadelphia Flyers (1-0-0, 2pts) vs. New Jersey Devils (0-1-1, 1pt)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 7:30 p.m. | TV: NBCSN | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

GAME NOTES

QUICK STATS
Season Series (2018-19): 2-2-0
All-Time Record (as NJD): 211gp (87-90-15-19)
Leading Scorer:
PHI: 3-pts, Konecny (2g-1a)
NJD: 3-pts, Coleman (2g-1a)

1. STATESIDE AGAIN

The Flyers return home after opening the season in Prague, earning a 4-3 win over Blackhawks - its the fourth consecutive year they have opened the season with a win, which is a franchise record... The Flyers hold a record of 28-17-6 in their home opener in Philadelphia, including an 11-9-2 mark at the Wells Fargo Center... The club has flipped the last two WFC openers, dropping an 8-2 decision to San Jose last season (2018-19) after taking an 8-2 victory the previous season (2017-18) against the Washington Capitals. 

 

2. DANCING WITH THE DEVIL

This is the sixth time in team history the Flyers have opened in Philadelphia against the Devils and first since the 2014-15 season... In each of the previous five meetings, the two teams have combined for eight goals four times and 10 or more goals three times... Last season, the Flyers split the season series with the Devils, going 2-2-0, including a split at home (1-1-0)... Only one of the four games last season were decided by one goal with three of the four meetings decided by three goals or more... The Flyers have earned a point in four of the last five meetings at the Wells Fargo Center against the Devils, going 3-1-1, but have dropped nine of their last 13.

 

3. ITS EARLY, BUT...

The Flyers first game saw them go 1-for-3 on the power play, and 17 of the 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal - only Pitlick did not have a shot and he picked up an assist on Michael Raffl's third-period goal... 11 of the team's 18 skaters averaged over 16 minutes of ice time with only two players (Provorov & Niskanen) logging over 20 minutes of TOI... The Devils have allowed 11 goals through their first two games, nine of which have come in the second and third period... Four of their six goals scored have come in the second period and they have the NHL's worst PK, allowing three goals on six opponent's power plays.

 

4. THIS, THAT & THE OTHER

THIS: The 2019-20 season opened one week ago today and the Flyers are the only team in the East to have played just one game so far this season, with 11 teams playing at least three games thus far, including three teams having played four times... THAT: Shayne Gostisbehere will play his 300th game in the NHL tonight - he is currently tied for 9th among all Flyers defensemen in scoring with 187 points (Brad McCrimmon) and is four points shy of reaching 8th (Doug Crossman)... THE OTHER: The Devils currently have three No. 1 overall draft picks in the lineup tonight (Hall, Hischier & Hughes) and a total of eight players drafted in the first round, compared to Flyers 11 first round players on their roster.

 

5. PLAYERS TO WATCH

FLYERS (RW: #11 - Travis Konecny)

Konecny is off to the hottest start of his young NHL career, posting a three-point night in the season-opening game (2g-1a)... Konecny had just one three-point game all of last season... Konecny fares much better at home than on the road - he had 16 of his 24 goals and posted a +8 rating on home ice last season, compared to eight goals and a -12 on the road... Konecny has the most goals (6) against the Devils than any other team in his NHL career.

 

DEVILS (RW: #17 - Wayne Simmonds)

This will be Wayne Simmonds first game playing against the Flyers in over eight years, since Feb. 13, 2011 when he was with the LA Kings... He has appeared in 584 of his 843 total games in the NHL as a Flyer, recording 203 goals and 378 points as a member of the Orange & Black, including leading the team in goal-scoring for four straight seasons (2013-14 to 2016-17)... His 91 power-play goals ranks seventh all-time in Flyers history and is more than any active player on the Flyers.

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