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Simmonds of New Jersey faces former team for first time since being traded by Philadelphia

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

DEVILS (0-1-1) at FLYERS (1-0-0)

7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS

 

The Game

The Philadelphia Flyers will play their first game in North America on Wednesday, against the New Jersey Devils at Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers opened the season with a 4-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2019 NHL Global Series at O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic on Friday. 

Devils forward Wayne Simmonds will play his first game against the Flyers since Philadelphia traded him to the Nashville Predators on Feb. 25 and Simmonds signed a one-year contract with the Devils on July 1. Simmonds had 378 points (203 goals, 175 assists) in 584 games with the Flyers. His 91 power-play goals are seventh-most in Flyers history.

 

Players to watch

Devils forward Blake Coleman had four points (one goal, three assists) and a New Jersey-high 17 shots on goal in four games against the Flyers last season.

Flyers forward Travis Konecny had two goals and an assist against the Blackhawks. He scored three goals and led Philadelphia with 11 shots on goal in four games against the Devils last season.

 

They said it

"It's another hockey game. I've got to get my mind right and make sure I'm mentally and physically prepared for that game. I'm ready to get the two points for the New Jersey Devils. Hopefully I get some cheers. I was deep-rooted in that community. I spent eight years there. I had a great time, I enjoyed Philadelphia thoroughly. I was proud to be a part of that franchise and I don't regret anything I ever did in a Flyers uniform." -- Devils forward Wayne Simmonds

"I think for him I'm sure it'll be an emotional thing. He spent a lot of great years playing here, was a really productive player, really successful player in the League. These things happen with players moving on in different situations and whatnot. Certainly, he wants to have a good showing because of all the years here and how good a player he was for the Flyers." -- Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk on playing against Wayne Simmonds

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Nico Hischier -- Nikita Gusev

Jesper Bratt -- Travis Zajac -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Jack Hughes -- Wayne Simmonds

Miles Wood -- Kevin Rooney -- John Hayden

Sami Vatanen -- P.K. Subban

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

Will Butcher -- Connor Carrick

Cory Schneider

Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratched: Mirco Mueller, Pavel Zacha, Jesper Boqvist

Injured: None

 

Flyers projected lineup

Claude Giroux -- Kevin Hayes -- Jakub Voracek

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

James van Riemsdyk -- Scott Laughton -- Carsen Twarynski

Connor Bunnaman -- Michael Raffl -- Tyler Pitlick

Ivan Provorov -- Justin Braun

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Robert Hagg

Travis Sanheim -- Matt Niskanen

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Samuel Morin

Injured: Andy Welinski (lower body), Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder)

 

Status report

The Devils did not hold a morning skate. ... Welinski took part in the Flyers morning skate but will not play.

 

Stat pack

New Jersey is looking to avoid its first three-game losing streak to start a season since going 0-3-1 to begin 2015-16. ... Gostisbehere will play his 300th NHL game. ... Philadelphia will try for its first 2-0-0 start to a season since winning its first three games to begin 2011-12.

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