The Philadelphia Flyers will head up the turnpike to take on the New Jersey Devils. Philadelphia brings in an eight-game point streak while New Jersey have won five of their last eight games.
Two goals from Tyson Foerster allowed the Flyers to tie the game late against the Devils the last time out. That was after Tyler Toffoli scored less than five minutes into the third to give New Jersey a 3-1 lead. Foerster's game-tying goal came with less than a minute to go in regulation. The Devils didn't need much time, however, to find the game-winner. It was Luke Hughes from Jack Hughes 28 seconds in the earn the 4-3 victory on Nov. 30. That is where the Flyers point streak began, though.
The two will next meet again at MetLife Stadium for the Stadium Series on Feb. 17.
When the city's football team loses three games in a row and fans utter the words "at least we have the Flyers," you know the team is playing well. Hockey hasn't been at the forefront of Philadelphia fan's minds for quite some time. But with how John Tortorella has this team playing, they are fun to watch just about every night.
Before the season, many fans wondered if Tortorella was the right coach to lead the Flyers through their rebuild. Many thought his style of coaching would turn away players. It has been the exact opposite of that. Most recently, Rasmus Ristolainen complimented his coach, mentioning that he wished he had Tortorella with him when he was 18. That says plenty about what Tortorella has done for this team. He has helped players like Ristolainen change their game, even this far into their careers.
Another example is how he and Travis Konecny get along. The latter is someone who will do things that can anger a coach even when he makes tremendous plays otherwise. It's likely why he and Alain Vigneault didn't see eye to eye. But with Tortorella, he has realized that he can only do so much with Konecny to not ruin the player that he is. There are times when he has shown tough love to his star player. But Konency is who he is this season because he's allowed the freedom to be who he is.
It's why Tortorella has meshed so well with this group and why they play hard for him just about every night. They know they are going to get honesty from him and that he will stand up for them as well.
Flyers Projected Lineup
Tyson Foerster - Sean Couturier - Travis Konecny
Owen Tippett - Morgan Frost - Bobby Brink
Joel Farabee - Ryan Poehling - Cam Atkinson
Nicolas Deslauriers - Scott Laughton - Garnet Hathaway
Cam York --Travis Sanheim
Nick Seeler - Sean Walker
Egor Zamula - Rasmus Ristolainen
New Jersey Devils
The Devils have been up and down so far this season. They've dealt with injuries to some of their top players. They are in sixth place in a crowded Metropolitan Division, but are just three points out of a top-three spot. New Jersey has also won three of their last five and seven of their last 10 games. They are coming off a 5-1 thrashing against the Ducks where former Devil Adam Henrique torched them for his first career hat trick.
Unsurprisingly, Jack Hughes runs the show for the Devils. He had a red-hot start to the season and leads the Devils in goals (14) and points (37). He lost ground amongst the league in terms of points when missing time with injury. He is tied for 12th in the league with Brock Boeser and Cale Makar. His younger brother, Luke, has also been enjoying a strong season. He is tied for the team lead in points (16) amongst defensemen. He is seventh in the league in points among all rookies.
Jesper Bratt has been hot as of late. He has posted 11 points in his last eight games. He recently had his seven-game point streak snapped against the Ducks. He is just behind Hughes in points (36) and is third in goals (12). Vitek Vaneck, who missed the game against Anaheim with an undisclosed injury, will return to the net against Philadelphia. While he has 11 wins in 18 starts, his numbers leave more to be desired. He has posted a 3.33 GAA and a .883 SV%. He has won four of his last five games, however.
Devils Projected Lineup
Ondrej Palat - Nico Hischier - Jesper Bratt
Erik Haula - Jack Hughes - Tyler Toffoli
Timo Meier - Dawson Mercer - Alexander Holtz
Curtis Lazar - Michael McLeod - Nate Bastian
Jonas Siegenthaler - Simon Nemec
Kevin Bahl - John Marino
Brendan Smith - Luke Hughes
When, Where, and How to Watch/Listen
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Watch: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic
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