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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs New Jersey Devils

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers return home after a 2-1 loss against the Bruins in their season opener last night at Boston… The Flyers own a 26-14-6 record in home openers, and despite having dropped the last two opening games on home ice, they have won four of their last seven home openers… The Flyers are trying to avoid dropping a third consecutive opener for what would be the first time in franchise history… This is the third time in the last six seasons that the Flyers have opened up the year with back-to-back games, but first time in franchise history that they have played the first game on the road, then returned home the next day for the second game of back-to-backs.

This will be the fifth time in team history that the Flyers have played the home opener against the Devils, and first time in 22 years… They split the previous four meetings, going 2-2-0, while each of the four meetings have combined for at least five goals in the contest… Last season, the Flyers went 2-2-0 with three of the four meetings decided by one goal and a combined 12 goals scored during the entire four-game series (PHI:5 - NJD: 7)… The Flyers were perfect on the penalty kill against the Devils last season, going 14-for-14… The Flyers will look for their 80th win against the New Jersey Devils tonight - they own an all-time 79-86-15-10 record since the franchise moved to New Jersey in 1982.

The Devils went 4-1-1 in six preseason games this year… Last season, the Flyers were the NHL’s most penalized team (14.4 per-game) while the Devils were the NHL’s second-least penalized team (8.0 per-game)… The Devils also led the NHL in penalty killing (86.4%) last season… Cory Schneider will make just his second appearance of his career against the Flyers tonight - he is 0-1-0, but has a 1.55 GAA and .950 save percentage in his only appearance against the Flyers… Backup goaltender for the Devils, Scott Clemmensen owns a 5-1-1 career record (2.55 & .921) against the Flyers… Steve Mason will be looking for his first career win against the Devils - he is previously 0-4-0 with a 3.28 GAA… The Devils were winless in shootouts last season, going 0-13, and over the last two seasons have gone 2-20 and have dropped 17 consecutive shootouts dating back to Mar. 15, 2013 at Philadelphia.


Couturier scored the lone Flyers goal in last night’s loss at Boston… Last season, he did not post his first goal until his 20th game of the season… Couturier played most of last night’s game on a line with Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds… He recorded three shots on goal, second-most on the team (behind Rinaldo), while also taking the second-most shifts of any forward for the Flyers with 25 (behind Giroux)… Couturier has three points (1g-2a) in 15 games against the Devils.

At age 42, Jaromir Jagr enters his second season with the Devils after leading the team last season in assists (43), game-winning goals (6) and points (67), while finishing second in goals (24) and appearing in all 82 games… With his next point, Jagr will pass Steve Yzerman for sixth all-time in the NHL in points (1,755) - he ranks 20th all-time in games played (1,473), seventh in goals (705) and eighth in assists (1,050)… Jagr will be playing his 91st game against the Flyers, having scored 42 goals and 69 assists for 111 points, including 4 points (2g-2a) in three games last season, which also the Devils… There are five players on the Flyers who were born on or after the same year Jagr was drafted in the NHL (5th overall, Penguins, in the 1990 NHL Draft).

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