The Flyers and the Devils face off 1PM this afternoon at the Wells Fargo Center.
Philadelphia Flyers (21-16-8: 50pts) vs. New Jersey Devils (24-12-8: 56pts)
at Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, PA
TIME: 1:00 p.m. | TV: NBCSP | RADIO: 97.5 The Fanatic
JUST LAST WEEK…
The Flyers meet the Devils again, having played them just last Saturday, and earning a 5-3 win at the Prudential Center… With playoff positioning on the line, the Devils at 56 points are four points behind the Capitals for first place in the division, with three games in hand, while the Flyers are three points back of both wild card holders (Pittsburgh & NY Rangers)… Today is the fifth game against a Metro Division opponent in the Flyers last eight contests – overall, the Flyers have secured points in seven of nine games against the Metro this season, going 3-2-4… The Devils play their fifth straight game against the Metro, going 2-1-1 in the previous four and own an overall mark of 5-5-1.
The Flyers have earned points in five of six afternoon start games this season, going 3-1-2, while the Devils have earned points in three of four afternoon starts (2-1-1)… This is also first of a back-to-back set for the Flyers, who enter their ninth of 15 back-to-backs this season – they own a 3-4-1 record thus far in the first game and a much better 4-2-2 mark in the second contest… The Flyers also have a favorable record playing on weekend, posting a 7-2-3 mark on Saturday, compared to the Devils 6-5-0 mark on Saturdays.
DEVIL IN THE DETAILS
New Jersey comes into today's game having rebounded from a five-game losing skid and winning two in-a-row… In that two-game set, they have limited their opponent to just 45 shots on goal, while firing 74 shots on net and going a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill… Both victories have come under goaltender Keith Kinkaid, who is 2-0-1 in his last three starts for the Devils, two of which have come past regulation play… Defenseman Sami Vatanen has four points, all assists, in his last two games, while forward Taylor Hall has two goals and three points in those two.
HOME & ROAD
The Flyers are on a season-high, four-game home-winning streak and are looking to extend that streak to five straight games for the first time since a six-game home winning streak at the end of last season (Mar. 15-Apr. 9)… The Devils are fourth in the NHL in goals per-game on the road (3.18), while also being tied for fifth with 70 goals scored on the road, however they have allowed the first goal in four of their last five road games.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
FLYERS (RW: #17 – Wayne Simmonds)
Simmonds is in the midst of a six-game point streak, recording a point per-game and four goals in the six-game stretch… The Flyers have won their last nine games when Wayne Simmonds scores a goal, and overall, they are unbeaten in regulation when he scores, posting a 13-0-1 record… Dating back to last season, the Flyers are unbeaten in regulation in their last 17 games when he scores a goal, going 15-0-2, with their last regulation loss coming on Mar. 9 vs. Toronto.
DEVILS (LW: #9 – Taylor Hall)
Simmonds isn't the only player in this game with a six-game streak… Hall is currently the hottest Devil with 11 points, posting a goal in five of the six games and four multi-point games… He posted two assists in the loss against the Flyers last week and averages over a point per-game pace against Philadelphia with 16 points (7g-9a) in 12 career games.