Philadelphia Flyers (16-22-6, 38pts) at New Jersey Devils (16-20-7, 39pts)
at Prudential Center | Newark, NJ
TIME: 1:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
presented by The Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital
Season Series: 1-1-0
All-Time Record: 209gp (86-89-15-19)
PHI: 48-pts, Giroux (14g-34a)
NJD: 37-pts, Hall (11g-26a)
1. ABOUT TODAY
Today marks the eighth game in a span of 13 days for the Flyers beginning with the New Year's Eve Game at Carolina... The Flyers are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time since Dec. 18-20 and first road win since Dec. 23 at NYR... The Devils are looking to snap a three-game losing skid and come into today's game having dropped four of their last five games... Both teams are playing their 11th afternoon game of the season, and both teams have identical 4-4-2 records in daytime starts.
2. THROUGH THE FIRST TWO
This is the third meeting of the season but first of two at the Prudential Center as the two clubs split the first two games of the year at the Wells Fargo Center... Six of the 10 goals scored between the two teams have all come in the third period with all 10 goals scored by different players... Blake Coleman leads the Devils with three points (1g-2a), while Jake Voracek leads the Flyers with a three points (1g-2a) in the first two... Keith Kinkaid started both games so far in the season series, while the Flyers will have two new goaltenders on the roster for today's game (Hart & McKenna) as opposed to the Brian Elliott & Calvin Pickard, who appeared in the first two games of the season series.
3. AT THE ROCK
The Devils play the second of a three-game homestand after dropping a 4-2 decision to Toronto on Thursday... But the Devils have a significantly better record on home ice than the road, earning 11 of their 16 wins and have points in 15 of 20 games at the Prudential Center with a 11-5-4 record, including a 3-1-1 record against the Metropolitan Division at home... The Devils average 3.2 goals per-game at home, compared to 2.7 GPG on the road... Against the Flyers, the Devils are 7-2-1 in their last 10 meetings at the Prudential Center since the 2012-13 season.
4. WITH THE LEAD...
The Flyers have 12 of their 16 wins when leading after the second period (12-2-2) and 9 of 16 when leading after the first period (9-2-2)... New Jersey has 14 of their 16 wins when scoring the first goal and just two wins when they have allowed the first goal, going 2-12-2... Since the start of 2015-16 season, the Devils are unbeaten in regulation when leading after the second period in over 100 games, going a remarkable 87-0-14 after 40 minutes of play with the lead.
5. PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (G: #79 - Carter Hart)
The 20-year-old rookie is coming off a 37-save performance in the Flyers 2-1 win over Dallas on Thursday... It was his third NHL win in eight starts, all of which have come by one-goal margins, and has a 3-4-1 record with a 2.46 GAA and .920 save percentage... Hart has been spectacular in first periods in his young NHL career - he has gone perfect in his last four opening periods, allowed just two goals in total and has a .973 save percentage in first periods.
DEVILS (RW: #21 - Kyle Palmieri)
Palmieri leads the Devils in goals (20), power-play goals (7) and ranks second in points (36), but has just two points (1g-1a) in his last seven games... Historically, he does very well against the Flyers - he averages over a point per-game pace with 11 goals and 19 points in 18 career games, including a goal and an assist in two games of the season series thus far.