Flyers at Devils
The Philadelphia Flyers have struggled with their special teams in the first two games of the abbreviated NHL season. After yielding five power-play goals on nine opportunities in a pair of losses, the Flyers will look to right the ship on Tuesday when they visit the Atlantic Division rival New Jersey Devils. Philadelphia saw its Stanley Cup aspirations come to an end as New Jersey recorded four straight victories in the second round en route to skating to the final against Los Angeles. Captain Claude Giroux has scored in both games this season, but the Flyers have scored only one other goal in losses to Pittsburgh and Buffalo. New Jersey mustered just enough offensively to best the New York Islanders as David Clarkson's goal with 8:17 remaining in the third period stood up as the winner in the 2-1 decision. The Devils won the playoff series in five games after the Flyers seized a 3-2-1 edge in the regular season.
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ABOUT THE FLYERS (0-2-0): Although its power play has clicked only once on nine opportunities, Philadelphia's inability to win faceoffs (44.9 percent) and issues with line changes have also reared their ugly heads. "There's a lot of things we can do better, away from stating the obvious," coach Peter Laviolette said. "I think there's some little things that we can focus on to help eliminate some chances." Philadelphia has held the lead for 10:57 out of 120 minutes this season.
ABOUT THE DEVILS (1-0-0): Martin Brodeur has been the cause for plenty of agita for the Flyers. The future Hall of Famer would like to create some more with a victory Tuesday. "As a team, you always want to get that first win under your belt," Brodeur told The (Newark) Star-Ledger on Monday. "So when you start two games in a row without winning, I think you're definitely anxious." Ilya Kovalchuk torched the Flyers last season, registering 15 points in 10 games.
1. Philadelphia C Zac Rinaldo received 20 stitches in his leg after he was cut by a skate during the first period of Sunday's 5-2 loss to Buffalo. Rinaldo will be sidelined for a week, prompting the team to recall Tye McGinn, 22, from Adirondack of the American Hockey League on Monday.
2. New Jersey C Travis Zajac, who scored in the season opener, collected two goals and as many assists in the playoff series versus the Flyers.
3. Philadelphia rookie Scott Laughton, who was the 20th overall pick of the draft, has registered six hits and four shots on goal this season.