DEVILS (0-1-1) at FLYERS (1-0-0)
7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVAS
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
Scratched: Mirco Mueller, Pavel Zacha, Jesper Boqvist
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
Scratched: Samuel Morin
Injured: Andy Welinski (lower body), Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder)
The Devils did not hold a morning skate. ... Welinski took part in the Flyers morning skate but will not play.
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.