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Turnpike Trouble; Flyers Game 23 vs Devils: Lines, Notes, How to Watch



Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils
The Philadelphia Flyers host the New Jersey Devils at the Wells Fargo Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

For their very first meeting this season, the Philadelphia Flyers (11-10-1) host the New Jersey Devils (10-9-1) at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Flyers will have their morning skate at 10:30 am at the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees, NJ.

Philadelphia recently had a five-game win streak, though they’ve struggled as of late. The Flyers are 2-3-0 in their last five games, with the power play going just 1-14 over that span. In addition, they’ve scored just nine goals during that same period of time.

Although Carter Hart had a late clunker go in under his skate versus Carolina, he is expected to start again against New Jersey.

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The Philadelphia Flyers are 3-2-0 in their last five against the Devils, but 4-6-0 in their last 10.

Per Moneypuck, Vitek Vanecek has been the fourth-worst goalie in the NHL, with a Goals Saved Above Expected of -6.6. By the same measure, Akira Schmid’s mark of -1.6 trumps that of Hart’s -2.2.

Also according to Moneypuck, if the Flyers defeat the Devils in regulation, New Jersey’s playoff chances will drop 4.7%, by their estimation.

After Vanecek was pulled against the New York Islanders, it’s likely Schmid faces the Flyers on Thursday.

Expected Flyers Lines

Tyson Foerster – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Owen Tippett – Morgan Frost – Bobby Brink

Joel Farabee – Scott Laughton – Cam Atkinson

Nic Deslauriers – Ryan Poehling – Garnet Hathaway


Cam York – Travis Sanheim

Nick Seeler – Sean Walker

Egor Zamula – Rasmus Ristolainen


Carter Hart

Sam Ersson

Expected Devils Lines

Tyler Toffoli – Jack Hughes – Dawson Mercer

Ondrej Palat – Nico Hischier – Jesper Bratt

Alexander Holtz – Michael McLeod – Curtis Lazar

Brendan Smith – Chris Tierney – Nathan Bastian


Jonas Siegenthaler – Dougie Hamilton

Luke Hughes – Colin Miller

Kevin Bahl – John Marino


Akira Schmid

Vitek Vanecek

Flyers Special Teams

Flyers power play: 9,86%, 29th

Flyers penalty kill: 84.06%, 11th

Devils power play: 36.76%, 1st

Devils penalty kill: 75.71%, 23rd

Flyers Game Notes

The Philadelphia Flyers have outshot their opponents in 13 of 22 games this season. They’re fourth in the NHL in shots with 708.

Philadelphia is 11-1-0 when scoring the first goal this season, and 9-2-0 when leading after the first period. The Devils, meanwhile, have notoriously struggled to score first.

Carter Hart is 6-4-0 in his career against the Devils, with one shutout and a .933 save percentage.

Vitek Vanecek is 0-3-0 in his career against the Flyers, with a .888 save percentage.

How to Watch the Flyers Game

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia

Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

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