Devils at Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers have ascended into third place in the congested Metropolitan Division on the wings of their four-game winning streak in addition to a four-game skid by the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers aim to continue their victorious ways and add to the misfortune of the Devils on Tuesday when the rivals collide at Wells Fargo Center.
While the Eagles overcame a switch at quarterback to win the Super Bowl, the Flyers seamlessly shuffled goaltenders as Michal Neuvirth turned aside 38 shots in place of the injured Brian Elliott (undisclosed) in Sunday's 4-1 triumph versus Vegas. "That's what being part of the team is all about. If someone goes down, a teammate has to step in," coach Dave Hakstol told Philly.com. "We have confidence Neuvy can do that, whether it's short term or long term." The Flyers are 20-8-2 on the heels of their 10-game winless streak while the Devils' four-game losing skid dipped their mark to 5-11-3 since Dec. 29. Included in that stretch are losses in two of three meetings to Philadelphia, but New Jersey managed to escape with a 4-3 home win on Feb. 1 after top overall draft pick Nico Hischier scored on a deflection with 1:27 remaining in the third period.
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ABOUT THE DEVILS (27-20-8): Taylor Hall, who leads the team in goals (21), assists (35) and points (56), rebounded from seeing his 12-game point streak come to an end in a 6-1 rout by Columbus on Saturday to score and set up a goal the next night in a 5-3 loss to Boston. The 26-year-old Hall has 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in his past 14 games while Kyle Palmieri has eight (five goals, three assists) in his last seven after scoring for the second consecutive game on Sunday. The 27-year-old Palmieri scored two goals and set up another and Hall has four assists in three encounters with the Flyers this season.
ABOUT THE FLYERS (28-19-9): The top line has been humming along since Travis Konecny joined the group, scoring 27 goals in 21 games with the trio accounting for two goals and five assists versus the Golden Knights. Sean Couturier scored his team-leading 28th goal to highlight his fifth three-point performance of the season, NHL First Star of the Week Claude Giroux scored and set up a goal while Konecny added two assists to increase his point total to 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his last 12 games. Fellow forward Jakub Voracek has four of his NHL-best 53 assists versus the Devils this season.
1. Giroux has scored a goal in three straight games overall and has four points (one goal, three assists) versus New Jersey this season.
2. Devils rookie LW Jesper Bratt has scored two goals against the Flyers this season, but has been limited to just one point (an assist) in his last 10 contests overall.
3. New Jersey G Keith Kinkaid has surrendered 13 goals on 95 shots over his last three games.