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Thursday, November 7th
(All times Eastern)
New Jersey Devils (3-7-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-1), 7 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of offensively-challenged division rivals will
meet Thursday in Philadelphia, as the Flyers welcome the New Jersey Devils in
a clash at the Wells Fargo Center.
Philadelphia enters Thursday averaging an NHL-worst 1.57 goals per game,
while the Devils are ranked 28th in the league at just 1.86 GPG. New Jersey
is coming off consecutive shutout losses, including a 1-0 home setback last
Saturday against the Flyers.
Both the Devils and Flyers' scoring issues were on display Saturday in Newark.
Ray Emery only needed to stop 14 shots to record the shutout for Philadelphia
and Brayden Schenn recorded the lone goal of the game. It was the second win
for the Flyers in the past three meetings with New Jersey, but the Devils have
taken four of their last six games in Philadelphia.
The Devils followed Saturday's loss with a 4-0 setback at Minnesota on Sunday
and have gone seven periods without scoring a goal. New Jersey's last tally
came on a Jaromir Jagr goal in the second period of a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay
on Oct. 29.
After putting only 14 shots on net in Saturday's loss to the Flyers, the
Devils got just 19 shots on net against the Wild, who saw Josh Harding record
his second shutout of the season. Cory Schneider allowed three goals on 19
shots in a losing effort for New Jersey.
"It's frustrating to a point, but you've just got to keep plugging away.
Everything's not going to go your way and you have to just keep fighting
through it," Devils center Stephen Gionta said.
Schneider returned from a lower-body injury on Tuesday to make his first start
since Oct. 24, but Martin Brodeur will get the call on Thursday. Brodeur
stopped 20-of-21 shots in Saturday's setback and is 48-31-3 with six ties and
a 2.41 goals against average against Philadelphia in his career.
The Flyers could turn to Emery in net on Thursday after his shutout
performance against the Devils on Saturday. Steve Mason took the loss in
Philadelphia's game Tuesday in Carolina, as the Flyers coughed up a lead late
in regulation and then fell in overtime after Manny Malhotra scored at 2:40 of
the extra session.
Mason made 36 saves for the Flyers in the 2-1 setback, but he couldn't stop
Malhotra in OT. After Philadelphia defenseman Mark Streit turned the puck
over, Malhotra got behind the defense and charged in on Mason before beating
him with a backhander.
The Flyers led 1-0 thanks to Scott Hartnell's first goal of the season with
3:58 left in the third, but Jordan Staal tied the contest with 52.3 seconds
remaining in regulation.
Tuesday's loss marked the 13th time in 14 games this season that the Flyers
have been held to two goals or less.
"Wins are hard to come by right now," said Mason. "We just have to stay
positive and keep working hard."
Claude Giroux is somebody who is trying to stay positive, as the Flyers
captain has gone 14 games into the season without scoring a goal.
"We just have to start doing the right things out there," Giroux told the
Flyers official website. "If we start doing the right things then good things
On the injury front, Patrik Elias will miss a third straight game for the
Devils due to upper-body soreness, but fellow forward Travis Zajac (ankle)
could play after sitting out the past two contests. New Jersey defenseman
Peter Harrold also could be back tonight after sitting out the last five games
with a lower-body injury.
11/07 10:51:27 ET