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Rubtsov to make NHL debut for Philadelphia; New Jersey looking for first win in three games

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / Staff Writer

FLYERS (5-5-1) AT DEVILS (2-5-3)

7 p.m. ET; MSG+ 2, TVAS, NBCSP, NHL.TV


The Game

German Rubtsov, the No. 22 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft, will make his NHL debut for the Philadelphia Flyers against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on Friday.

The 21-year-old center was recalled from Lehigh Valley of the American Hockey League on Thursday and is expected to begin the game with Carsen Twarynski and Chris Stewart. Rubtsov had six points (one goal, five assists) in seven AHL games.

Philadelphia has been outscored 12-4 in two straight losses, against the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Devils are winless in their past two games (0-1-1). They led the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 in the third period Wednesday and lost 7-6 in overtime.


Players to watch

Flyers forward Jakub Voracek has nine points (four goals, five assists) in his past seven games and needs one goal to reach 200 in the NHL.

Devils defenseman Sami Vatanen has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak.


They said it

"What is true about our team is no different than any other team. We need goaltending. We need our top players to lead the way for us. I'm sure with these last two games we've had, nobody's happy about it and we're going to come out [Friday] and we're going to play a real solid game." -- Flyers coach Alain Vigneault

"We can't let it get to us (when we have a lead) that we're playing careful and scared. When you play to not make a mistake, you make more than you'd like. We're going to figure it out. We have a great group in here who care a lot about what's going on, maybe sometimes too much." -- Devils left wing Taylor Hall


Flyers projected lineup

James van Riemsdyk -- Claude Giroux -- Jakub Voracek

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Travis Konecny

Michael Raffl -- Kevin Hayes -- Joel Farabee

Carsen Twarynski -- German Rubtsov -- Chris Stewart

Ivan Provorov -- Matt Niskanen

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Justin Braun

Travis Sanheim -- Philippe Myers

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Tyler Pitlick, Robert Hagg

Injured: Nolan Patrick (migraine disorder), Scott Laughton (right index finger)


Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Jack Hughes -- Kyle Palmieri

Blake Coleman -- Travis Zajac -- Wayne Simmonds

Pavel Zacha -- Nico Hischier -- Jesper Bratt

Miles Wood -- Kevin Rooney -- John Hayden

Damon Severson -- P.K. Subban

Andy Greene -- Sami Vatanen

Will Butcher -- Matt Tennyson

Mackenzie Blackwood

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Jesper Boqvist, Nikita Gusev, Mirco Mueller

Injured: Connor Carrick (right pinky finger)


Status report

The Flyers did not hold a morning skate. ... Philadelphia also recalled Myers and Twarynski from the AHL on Thursday. Forward Mikhail Vorobyev was sent to the AHL and defenseman Samuel Morin was sent to the AHL on a conditioning assignment. … Laughton was placed on long-term injured reserve Thursday.


Stat pack

Konecny has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past six games. ... Van Riemsdyk has six points (three goals, three assists) in the past four games. ... Hayes has six points (three goals, three assists) in his past five games. ... Hall has four assists during a three-game point streak. ... Hughes has five points (two goals, three assists) in the past four games.

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