The Flyers and Devils renew their turnpike rivalry tonight, which is the first of two meetings in a span of four days that will see a home-and-home series split with a game in between for both clubs, and will also wrap up the season series… The teams split the first two meetings this season, with the road team winning on both occasions… New Jersey is 10-2-3 against the Flyers since the start of the 2012-13 season, including 6-1-1 in the last eight games in Philadelphia… Kyle Palmieri leads the season series with four points in two games, while Claude Giroux (1g-1a) and Jakub Voracek (2a) lead the Flyers with two points… Tonight is the 190th all-time meeting between the Flyers and Devils, the Flyers own a 76-87-15-10 record since the franchise moved to New Jersey in 1983.
The Flyers and Devils are in a battle for playoff positioning in the East… At 57 points, the Flyers are six points back of the final wild card spot and four points behind the Devils (61 points), who are two points back of the final wild card position… The Flyers have two games in hand on the Devils and one game in hand on both teams (PIT & BOS) who currently occupy the wildcard spots… Both the Flyers and Devils are coming off of victories in their last game, which snapped a three-game losing skid… The Flyers have earned points in five of their last seven games, going 4-2-1, scoring an average of 3.42 goals-per-game… The Devils have had five straight games decided by one goal, going 2-1-2, and have gone 6-2-2 in their last 10 games.
Wayne Simmonds leads the team with 20 goals and has now recorded half of those goals in the last 13 games, recording 14 points (10g-4a) in that span as well… Brayden Schenn has recorded points in six of his last nine games, with goals in five of the nine games, along with eight points… Nick Cousins has three points (1g-2a) in his last three games… Lee Stempniak leads the Devils in scoring with 40 points (15g-25a), which is the most points he has scored in a season since 2009-10… Adam Henrique has a three-game point streak with four points (2g-2a) in that span… New Jersey has not allowed a power play goal in five consecutive games, going a perfect 19-for-19.
He’s looking to make Flyers history and record the longest point streak of any Flyers rookie tonight… Gostisbehere has a 10-game streak which is the longest active streak in the NHL today and is tied for the fourth best of any NHL player this season… He also has assists in nine straight games which is the most of any NHL player this season… His 29 overall points rank fifth on the Flyers and fifth among all NHL rookies, leading all rookie d-men… His 20 assists are tied for third among all NHL rookies and his 16 points on the power play lead all NHL rookies… In just one game against the Devils, Gostisbehere has one assist.
Schneider has started 21 of the Devils last 25 games, and 46 out of 55 games overall this season, posting a 24-16-6 record with a 2.01 GAA and .930 save percentage for the Devils… He has allowed two goals or less in 31 of his last 39 starts since Oct. 29, going 20-14-5 with four shutouts… Overall, Schneider leads the NHL in minutes (2,753), is tied for second in games played (46) and GAA (2.01), is tied for fourth in shutouts (4) and save pct. (.930) & is tied for sixth in wins (24)… Against the Flyers, he is 3-2-1 with a 2.64 GAA and .910 save percentage.