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Devils, Flyers square off after tough losses
Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils
- The Flyers earned a 4-0 home victory over the Devils on Oct. 9 as Carter Hart stopped 25 shots to record his first and only NHL shutout. Philadelphia also prevailed in its most recent trip to New Jersey, a 6-3 win on March 1, though it's just 2-4-1 on the road in the series since the start of the 2016-17 season.
- Both teams are currently on two-game losing streaks, with the Devils falling to 2-2-3 at home with a 7-6 overtime loss to Tampa Bay on Wednesday. New Jersey is allowing 1.00 goals per game in wins and 4.88 per game in losses, the largest difference in the NHL so far this season.
- The Flyers are 14-of-14 on the penalty kill over their last four games and finished October fifth in the NHL in that category (85.3 percent). Philadelphia ranked 30th overall in penalty killing (67.4 percent) through October last season.
- Philadelphia leads the NHL in faceoff win percentage (57.6) and has the league's top two players in that category in Sean Couturier (67.1) and Claude Giroux (66.1). Couturier has a goal in three straight games against New Jersey, his second-longest active streak against any team (5, Ducks).
- Taylor Hall had two assists on Wednesday but remains with just one goal through New Jersey's first 10 games. Hall is the second Devils forward since 1987-88 with at least eight assists and less than two goals over a season's first 10 games (Scott Gomez, 1999-00).
- German Rubtsov, the Flyers' 2016 first-round pick, was recalled from the AHL on Thursday and the 21-year-old could make his NHL debut Friday. Philadelphia has had a combined 71 games played by players 23 or younger, the fourth-most in the league (Arizona, 93; Calgary, 82; Toronto, 71).
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The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers have something in common they'd probably rather not share.
Two things, in fact.
The Devils and Flyers will look to distance themselves from one another Friday night at Newark, N.J., in a battle of Metropolitan Division rivals.
Both teams are coming off discouraging losses. The Devils squandered a two-goal lead in the third period Wednesday night and fell to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning 7-6 in overtime. The Flyers last played Tuesday, when they were routed by the host Pittsburgh Penguins 7-1.
In addition to allowing seven goals the last time they took the ice, the Devils and Flyers are the two most recent NHL teams to score six goals in a defeat. Philadelphia fell to the Maple Leafs 7-6 on March 15 in Toronto.
For the Devils, the Wednesday loss marked the first time in almost 30 years -- since a 9-6 loss to the Washington Capitals on Jan. 16, 1990 -- that they scored at least six goals in defeat.
The Devils' slow start -- they have seven points, tied for the fewest in the NHL with the Ottawa Senators -- and struggles hanging on to the lead Wednesday resulted in boos filling their home arena.
"We're kind of battling our own fans at this point," Devils left winger Taylor Hall told reporters afterward. "It's a tie game and we're getting booed. That's a tough environment to play in sometimes, especially when you're at home. I know when we're playing somewhere and their fans start booing, it's a fun environment for the away team to play in."
The Flyers probably would have been booed if they were home Tuesday night. However, first-year Philadelphia coach Alain Vigneault struck a more supportive tone after the team absorbed its most lopsided loss since a 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 9, 2018.
"At the end of the day, we've got to push the reset button here," Vigneault told reporters. "Our leaders have to lead by their play on the ice. We're going to go home, reset and get ready for the next game."
After New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider gave up the seven goals on just 23 shots Wednesday, the Devils are likely to turn back to nominal starter Mackenzie Blackwood on Friday night.
Blackwood took the defeat in his most recent start Oct. 25, when he stopped 12 shots in a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. It was the third straight start for Blackwood, who has been in net for both of New Jersey's wins this season.
The Flyers' Carter Hart, who fell into a timeshare with Brian Elliott after losing four straight starts (0-3-1) from Oct. 12-27, is likely to get the start after Elliott gave up the first six goals over the first two periods against the Penguins.
Hart relieved Elliott on Tuesday and stopped eight of nine shots in the third period. He hasn't won since stopping all 25 shots he faced against the Devils in a 4-0 victory on Oct. 9.
--Field Level Media
Updated October 31, 2019