Devils, Flyers continue pursuit of playoffs
Schneider to start for New Jersey; Philadelphia could counter with Neuvirthby Adam Kimelman @nhladamk / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor
DEVILS (27-21-7) at FLYERS (24-20-9)
TV: 1 p.m. ET; MSG+, CSN-PH, NHL.TV
Season series: The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers have split two games this season. On Oct. 29 center Travis Zajac scored two goals in a 4-1 Devils win at Wells Fargo Center. On Dec. 4 forward Matt Read's goal at 3:24 of overtime gave the Flyers a 4-3 win at Prudential Center.
Devils team scope: Goalie Cory Schneider will start, coach John Hynes told NorthJersey.com. Forward Stefan Matteau is questionable after getting hit in the face with a puck during practice. NorthJersey.com reported Matteau had a cut under his right eye and he was taken to a hospital to be examined for a facial fracture. "He's just going to go to the doctor's now and we'll see how he does," Hynes said. "He got cut and his eye is a little swollen but he's got functioning in that, so we'll just make sure. It is serious, but we want to make sure it's nothing that's detrimental to the player." Matteau has one goal in 20 games but has been a healthy scratch the past 10 games. Goalie Keith Kinkaid left practice briefly after taking a shot off his knee.
Flyers team scope: Philadelphia enters the weekend outside of the Stanley Cup Playoffs but with two games against teams in front of them in the standings, they have a chance to make up ground. After playing New Jersey at home Saturday, they play at the New York Rangers on Sunday. "There's a lot more at stake when it's the teams you're chasing," goalie Steve Mason said in a video posted to the Flyers website. "You look at the schedule and every game is huge. We're close but we're not in right now. We have to take care of business day by day. This is a really big weekend for us." CSNPhilly.com reported coach Dave Hakstol could make changes to his lineup Saturday but wouldn't say what they might be. He could opt for Michal Neuvirth in goal; he's 5-2-4 with a 2.03 goals-against average and .927 save percentage in 11 games against the Devils while Mason is 0-7-0 with a 3.70 GAA and .860 save percentage in eight games.