- Egor Zamula – Zamula made his NHL debut tonight and logged 19:19 of ice time aside Travis Sanheim after playing 17 games with the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Zamula skated well and looked comfortable with and without the puck, and seemed like he belonged in the NHL while donning #54 in his first game for the Orange and Black.
- Sean Couturier – Couturier scored Philadelphia’s fourth goal of the game and is now riding a four-game point streak. Couturier now has 35 points in 38 games and was one of the Flyers’ most effective players tonight.
- Claude Giroux – The captain, who just moved past Brian Propp for third in Flyers history in total points, added on to his total with another dazzling goal in tonight’s contest. Giroux was fantastic on both ends of the ice despite the loss and now only sits 19 goals behind Eric Lindros (290) for eighth place in franchise history in goals.
- Jackson Cates – Cates recorded his first NHL assist and point on Oskar Lindblom’s second period goal. Cates played a good game and has looked decent in his first few NHL games, and was rewarded for his efforts tonight.
- Phil Myers – Myers looked like a turnstile out there tonight to be quite frank. He did score a goal that ended a long drought but it didn’t make up for his defensive mistakes. He was burned badly on Connor Carrick’s goal, he got beaten a few other times on zone entries, and it just seemed like he was chasing the puck carrier a lot in this one.
- Brian Elliott – Elliott could only muster 21 saves on 26 shots in this one. Not every goal was his fault, but the fourth and fifth Devils’ goals were ones he’d love to have back. Elliott was off his angle on the aforementioned Carrick goal, and misplayed the puck behind his cage and was very late getting back to the crease on Yegor Sharangovich’s go-ahead goal. Elliott has played a lot lately in the wake of Carter Hart’s knee injury, but he simply didn’t have his usual stuff tonight.
The Flyers will take on the Devils again at Prudential Center on Thursday night for the third game of this four-game stretch between the two teams. The Flyers now sit 11 points back of the Bruins for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division.
And with only seven games to play, that puts their magic (or un-magic) number at three before they’re mathematically eliminated from postseason contention. The odds of them making it are slim to none and slim just left the building, but hey, we got seven of these games left, let’s try and make them count.