Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Match-up – New Jersey Devils (11-13-5) @ Philadelphia Flyers (9-13-5) Road/Home records – 8-9-1 ————– 6-4-2 TV – MSG, CSN-PH Puck drop – 7:00 p.m. ET Season series – 1-0 Devils Last 10 – New Jersey: 3-4-3 ——- Philadelphia: 2-5-3 Projected starting goalies – Cory Schneider vs Ray Emery Projected lines for the Flyers via DailyFaceoff.com:
Michael Raffl – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek
Brayden Schenn – Scott Laughton – Wayne Simmonds
R.J. Umberger – Sean Couturier – Matt Read
Zac Rinaldo – Chris VandeVelde – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
Nicklas Grossman – Mark Streit
Nick Schultz – Braydon Coburn
Michael Del Zotto – Andrew MacDonald
Injured: Kimmo Timonen. Projected lines for the Devils:
Dainius Zubrus – Scott Gomez – Jaromir Jagr
Mike Cammalleri – Adam Henrique – Michael Ryder
Martin Havlat – Jacob Josefson – Tuomo Ruutu
Jordin Tootoo – Stephen Gionta – Steve Bernier
Andy Greene – Damon Severson
Jon Merrill – Marek Zidlicky
Eric Gelinas – Pete Harrold
Injured: Travis Zajac, Patrik Elias, Ryane Clowe, Adam Larsson, Bryce Salvador.
– The Devils aren’t exactly taking the league by storm right now, but they’re sitting pretty compared to Philadelphia. The Flyers have lost seven of eight and won just two of their last 13 games overall, and are obviously struggling mightily to right the ship. If there is ever a time for the Devils to bounce back from a loss and potentially get within a point of a playoff spot it is tonight.
– Cory Schneider has allowed just 10 goals in his last five starts and has recored a .925SV% or better in three of those five games. He’s really starting to find his way after a rough patch early in the season and, given New Jersey’s offensively struggles, will need to be on his game again tonight against the Flyers.
– Philadelphia owns one of the league’s best power plays and rely on it heavily to keep them in/win them games. If the Devils limit their opportunities they should have a good chance to win this one, as they are a better team at even-strength.
– Both Dainius Zubrus and Mike Cammalleri are expected to return to the lineup. Zubrus has struggled offensively this year but has played better of late, and Cammalleri leads the team in goals so they should provide a big boost up front. Recent posts On Kinkaid, Bernier, shootout woes & more Power Rankings: Pens remain on top; Hawks right behind Hotstove: Should Paul MacLean have been fired? Hotstove: who will finish last? Hotstove: biggest disappointment this season? Hotstove: biggest surprise this season?