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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs New Jersey Devils

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-1--9pts)

  New Jersey Devils (3-7-4--10pts)
TV: CSN RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic

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This is the second meeting between the two clubs in less than a week - the Flyers took the first meeting, at NJ, by a 1-0 victory with Ray Emery stopping all 14 shots he faced… The Flyers have had a lot of success on home ice against the Devils, going 9-3-1 in the last five years… The Flyers have a 49-35-9 mark and .575 winning percentage in Philadelphia against the Devils, despite an overall losing mark of 78-94-15 against the Devils… New Jersey opens up the first of back-to-back games tonight - they are 0-2-1 in first game.

The Flyers come into tonight having not allowed a goal on the penalty kill in their last two games, going 9-for-9, and have been perfect on the PK in seven of their last eight games, going 26-for-28 in that span… The Devils have allowed a goal on their penalty-kill in four of their last six games, going 15-for-19… The Devils have not scored a power-play goal in their last three games (0-for-10), snapping a streak in which they scored on the man-advantage for five straight games… The Flyers scored on the power-play in their last outing, breaking a two-game skid of not scoring on the man-advantage… The Flyers have posted a goal on the power-play in their last seven games.

The Flyers have earned at least a point in the standings in four of their last six games, going 3-2-1… The Devils have just one victory this season on the road (Oct. 26 at Boston)… The Flyers have scored the game’s first goal in all four of their wins, and have allowed the first goal in all nine of their losses… Three of the last four Flyers games have been decided by one goal, while four of the last five Devils game have been one-goal games… Patrik Elias is out of the lineup with upper-body soreness.

4. Player to watch FLYERS: Nicklas Grossmann - (D) #8
Grossmann is scheduled to play in his 400th career game in the NHL tonight… He leads the team in blocked shots with 40, which also tied for 6th in the NHL, and is second on the team with 44 hits… Grossmann also ranks third on the team (second among D-men) in shorthanded time-on-ice, averaging 3:25 per game… He has four points on the season, all assists, which have come in the last eight games.

5. Player to watch DEVILS: Jaromir Jagr - (C) #68
Jagr is the Devils leading scorer this season with 10 points (3g-7a)… He also is tied for the team lead in plus-minus (+2)… Jagr is two points shy of 1,700 career points in the NHL, a feat accomplished by only seven players in NHL history… Jagr is the NHL's active career leader in goals (684), assists (1,014) and points (1,698)… Against the Flyers, Jagr has 107 points (40g-67a) in 87 games.

"We're a good team. When we start believing it and start playing like it, we're going to be a dangerous team."
- Claude Giroux
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