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Get your game notes: Flyers at Devils

Jan 7, 2014, 12:58 PM EST

Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Steve Downie, Kimmo Timonen, Braydon Coburn AP

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the New Jersey Devils hosting the Philadelphia Flyers starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• On Oct. 18, the Devils (0-4-3, 3 pts.) and Flyers (1-7-0, 2 pts.) sat in the bottom two spots in the Eastern Conference; since that date, only three teams in the conference have earned more points than the Flyers.

Since Oct. 18 W-L-OTL Pts.
Penguins 25-11-1 51
Bruins 24-10-2 50
Canadiens 20-12-5 45
Flyers 20-10-4 44

• Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time career leader in wins with 681, will seek his 50th career victory over the Flyers tonight (49-31-9 record). There are 32 instances in NHL history of a goalie having at least 50 wins against a single opponent, including one by Brodeur, who has a 50-28-8 record against the Islanders. (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Only four NHL players have scored more career goals on Martin Brodeur than Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier (15 goals in 43 games), including Brodeur’s teammate, Jaromir Jagr (18 in 65).

19 – Simon Gagne (18 with Philadelphia)
18 – Jagr (0 with Philadelphia), Mike Knuble (13 with Philadelphia)
16 – Eric Lindros (13 with Philadelphia)
15 – Lecavalier (0 with Philadelphia), Alex Kovalev, Martin St. Louis

The only active goalies on whom Lecavalier has scored more goals are Buffalo’s Ryan Miller (16 in 25 games) and Carolina’s Cam Ward (16 in 35). (Elias Sports Bureau)

• After scoring three or more goals in only one of their first 15 games this season, the Flyers have scored 3+ in nine of their last 10 (since Dec. 15). Their 37 goals over that 10-game span are the third-most in the NHL, trailing only St. Louis (39) and Anaheim (38).

• Flyers winger Scott Hartnell enters tonight on a seven-game point streak (3-5=8 points), tied for his career high. Hartnell has faced the Devils more times (45) than any other NHL team in his career, but his 19 points (10-9=19) against New Jersey rank only T-10th.

• The Flyers are tops in the NHL in both penalty minutes for (679) and against (628), while the Devils are 30th in both categories (341 /319). The 1,307 total penalty minutes in 42 Flyers games is almost double (647 minutes) the 660 total minutes charged in 43 Devils games.

• Tonight, the Flyers and Oilers can make NHL history in Newark and St. Louis, respectively. The last three Flyers-Devils and Oilers-Blues meetings have all ended in shutouts by the road team. (See PHI-NJ details below.) No two teams have ever combined to post four straight road shutouts. (Elias Sports Bureau)

April 18, 2013: New Jersey 3, at Philadelphia 0 (Brodeur: 23 saves)
November 2, 2013: Philadelphia 1, at New Jersey 0 (Emery: 14 saves)
November 7, 2013: New Jersey 3, at Philadelphia 0 (Brodeur: 22 saves)

  1. hockey412 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Giroux needs to play his heart out and leave it all on the ice. He’ll have plenty of time to rest from February 12th – 23rd.

    Ok that was complete trolling and I am very sorry.

  2. phillyphannnn83 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    After scoring three or more goals in only one of their first 15 games this season, the Flyers have scored 3+ in nine of their last 10 (since Dec. 15). Their 37 goals over that 10-game span are the third-most in the NHL, trailing only St. Louis (39) and Anaheim (38).
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    Tha’ts the most telling stat of how this team is playing. Notice, there’s no Pittsburgh in that stat, 412. Time for Pens fans to start chewing their fingernails!

    • hockey412 - Jan 7, 2014 at 2:26 PM

      Haha point taken, good sir (I should probably throw it out there, though…Philly is actually TIED with Pittsburgh with that mark)…

      Mon Dec 16, 2013 FINAL TOR (1) – PIT (3)
      Wed Dec 18, 2013 FINAL PIT (4) – NYR (3) SO
      Thu Dec 19, 2013 FINAL MIN (2) – PIT (5)
      Sat Dec 21, 2013 FINAL CGY (3) – PIT (4)
      Mon Dec 23, 2013 FINAL PIT (0) – OTT (5)
      Fri Dec 27, 2013 FINAL PIT (4) – CAR (3) OT
      Sun Dec 29, 2013 FINAL PIT (5) – CBJ (3)
      Tue Dec 31, 2013 FINAL PIT (1) – NJD (2)
      Fri Jan 3, 2014 FINAL NYR (2) – PIT (5)
      Sun Jan 5, 2014 FINAL WPG (5) – PIT (6)

      Nonetheless, I love a good excuse to chew my fingernails!

      • phillyphannnn83 - Jan 9, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        Tied, yes, but the Flyers have 3 games in had three games in hand at that point. Advantage Flyers. :)

  3. ibieiniid - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    i gotta admit, as somewhat of a stats guy, i absolutely LOVE the “get your game notes” segments.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      oh and it helps that the Flyers don’t look horrible in this one.

  4. ibieiniid - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    “Their 37 goals over that 10-game span are the third-most in the NHL, trailing only St. Louis (39) and Anaheim (38).”

    wait, a couple stories ago, I thought I read something about the Flyers scoring like kids with downs syndrome…. or something like that. strange.

    • killerpgh - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      I think you are confused. That article was referring to scoring off the ice…

      • ibieiniid - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM

        it was actually a comment I was referring to.

        scoring (off the ice) problem? tell me this doesn’t appeal to the ladies!:

        (I really wish Jody Shelley was still a flyer [never thought I’d say that]. his mug would have made that link funnier. there’s no exceptionally ugly Flyers right now except Rinaldo’s mean face.)

  5. penguins87and71 - Jan 7, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    I give tons of credit to the Philadelphia Flyers for finally turning it around. The Flyers/Penguins rivalry is always better when both teams are good.

  6. erbaker67 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    With all the teams so tight in the Eastern Conference, the Flyers need to get some ROW in case they are tied for a wild card spot. Just like the Caps.

    I also agree penguins87and71, the turnaround deserves a lot of credit, and Berube deserves a lot of it.

    The rivalry is best when both teams are at their best.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      i highly doubt we see a WC from the Metro, but true.

      • erbaker67 - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        This is true, it is doubtful. Highly, like you said but also to be in the top 3, it will come down to ROW and Philly is in decent shape but man, Washington needs to put together a run to stay in the playoff picture.

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