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FIVE THINGS: Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers

T he Flyers return home for the first of their four-game homestand which will take place in  an eight-day span, all of which will be Eastern Conference opponents and two from the Metropolitan Division… The Flyers own six of their nine wins, going 6-4-2, on home ice so far this year… The Flyers are on pace for their eighth straight winning season on home ice and 20th winning season at home in the last 21 years (2006-07 only losing record at home in that span)… The Flyers have the second-best power-play at home in the NHL at 28.9% (13-for-45)… Only two teams have played fewer home games than the Flyers (12), one of them is their opponent tonight, the New Jersey Devils, who have played 11 (Vancouver: 11) .

T his is the second of four meetings and second and final meeting at home against the Devils… It is also the first since opening night at the Wells Fargo Center in which the Flyers dropped a 6-4 contest… The Flyers are winless against the Devils on home ice in their last four games, going 0-4-0 with their last victory coming in a 2-1 shootout on Mar. 15, 2013… The Flyers have never gone winless at home in two consecutive years against the New Jersey franchise dating back to 1974-75 season when they began as the Kansas City Scouts… This is the 115th all-time meeting against the Devils franchise on home ice with the Flyers owning a 66-33-10-5 mark .

T he Flyers have had their last four games decided by one goal and have earned points in three straight games, going 1-0-2… The Flyers have recorded a goal on the power play in five straight games, going 5-for-14 and 35.7%… The Flyers have also scored at least one goal on the power play in every game since Nov. 8, a span of 14 games, other than four games in which they have been shut out… The Devils come into tonight’s game earning points in three of their last four games, going 2-1-1… This is the Devils’ ninth road game in their last 12 overall contests since Nov. 18… Devils goaltender Cory Schneider ranks first with a 2.13 goals-against average (2nd, LA: Quick) and a .926 save-percentage (2nd, BOS: Rask) among goaltenders that have played in at least 100 games since the start of 2010-11…  Flyers goaltender Steve Mason has started eight of the last nine games for the Flyers - in that time he has a 2.35 GAA, a .921 save percentage and one shutout .

W ayne Simmonds is happy to be home - he has 12 of his 18 points and seven of his 11 goals while playing at the Wells Fargo Center so far this season… Simmonds has three goals in his last three games, after going the previous 10 games scoring just once… Against the Devils, Simmonds posted two goals and three points in the home-opener against the Devils on Oct. 9 and overall in his career, has seven goals and 13 points to go along with 34 penalty minutes in 20 games.

The 42-year old Jagr leads the Devils in scoring with 12 assists and 17 points, appearing in 28 of the Devils’ 29 games this season… Jagr posted two assists to help the Devils to a 6-4 win over the Flyers in their first and only meeting so far this year… Overall, Jagr has 42 goals and 113 points in 91 career games against Philadelphia… After posting a goal and an assist on Dec. 8, Jagr is now fifth all-time in NHL history with 1,772 points, and sitting at 710 career goals, is seven goals shy of fifth all-time in the NHL goals category, behind Phil Esposito… Jagr also has 1,025 career penalty minutes as well as a career plus-minus of +291 though 1,501 regular season games.

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