Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Match-up – Philadelphia Flyers (14-17-7) @ New Jersey Devils (13-20-7) Road/Home records – 6-12-4 ————– 5-7-5 TV – CSN-PH, MSG+ Puck drop – 7:00 p.m. ET Season series – 1-1 Last 10 – Flyers: 4-4-2 ——- Devils: 2-6-2 Projected starting goalies – Steve Mason vs Cory Schneider Projected lines for the Flyers via DailyFaceoff.com:
Matt Read – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek
Brayden Schenn – Scott Laughton – Wayne Simmonds
R.J. Umberger – Sean Couturier – Michael Raffl
Chris VandeVelde – Vincent Lecavalier – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
Nicklas Grossman – Mark Streit
Nick Schultz – Braydon Coburn
Andrew MacDonald – Luke Schenn
Injured: Kimmo Timonen Projected lines for the Devils:
Dainius Zubrus – Scott Gomez – Jaromir Jagr
Patrik Elias – Travis Zajac – Martin Havlat
Michael Cammalleri – Adam Henrique – Tuomo Ruutu
Jordin Tootoo – Tim Sestito – Michael Ryder
Andy Greene – Adam Larsson
Jon Merrill – Marek Zidlicky
Seth Helgeson – Mark Fraser
Injured/ill: Jacob Josefson, Ryane Clowe, Steve Bernier, Damon Severson, Eric Gelinas, Bryce Salvador.
What to watch:
1) Obviously Pete Harold’s early game injury factored in, but New Jersey’s young blue liners were spoon fed minutes last night. Jon Merrill played almost 28 and was on for 10 even-strength scoring chances for and just four against, while Adam Larsson played over 26 minutes and came out about even in possession despite limited offensive zone starts. The Devils are 11 points out and have played five more games than the Rangers so it’s time to give the kids significant minutes.
2) The Devils will have their hands full trying to stop Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek tonight. Both of them are averaging well over a point per game and can beat you with their shot or their passing abilities, so New Jersey will need to play them tight and stay disciplined so they don’t get extra time/space on the power play.
3) Jaromir Jagr seems open to a trade so if he can up his production a little bit between now and the deadline the return should only get bigger. He had an assist and a game-high four scoring chances at even-strength last night. Recent posts Let’s Be Real On Nick Foligno’s six-year extension Hotstove: most underrated team? Hotstove: Breakout candidates at the World Juniors Hotstove: Who will win World Junior Gold?