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New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers Preview and Predictions 02-06-2020


The Philadelphia Flyers look to continue their home dominance on Thursday when they host the New Jersey Devils. The Flyers, who are riding high on a five-game point streak (4-0-1), have won three in a row at the Wells Fargo Center to improve to 18-4-4 when listed as the home team this season.

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Philadelphia veteran Brian Elliott has filled in admirably in place of the injured Carter Hart, posting a 4-0-1 record with a 1.58 goals-against average and .935 save percentage since the second-year star goaltender exited the lineup. The 34-year-old Elliott recorded his second shutout in three starts following a 16-save performance in a 3-0 win at Detroit on Monday. While the Flyers have benefited from a sterling 6-1-1 stretch to move into the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference, the Devils have dropped three in a row and six of their last seven (1-3-3) to make themselves comfortable in the cellar of the Metropolitan Division. Kyle Palmieri provided New Jersey with a brief positive on Tuesday after he capped a two-goal performance by scoring with 20 seconds left in regulation, albeit in a 5-4 setback to Montreal.

TIME: 7 p.m. ET. TV: MSG-Plus2, NBCS Philadelphia

ABOUT THE DEVILS (18-24-10): One day after setting up both of Palmieri's power-play goals, Blake Coleman shrewdly elected to bend the ear of former New Jersey star Patrik Elias in regard to what he can do to improve his play with the man advantage. "Just talking about shooting in the softer areas," the 28-year-old Coleman said of the conversation with Elias, who recorded 333 power-play points in his decorated career. "Obviously, he's played a lot of a power play in his career and I've been getting a little bit of a chance here so I just want to make the most of it. ... It's more just mechanics than anything and just taking in what he has to say." Coleman's 19 goals are tied for the team lead with Palmieri, who notched a pair of assists in the Devils' 4-3 shootout loss to Philadelphia on Nov. 1.

ABOUT THE FLYERS (29-17-7): Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere returned to practice on Wednesday and could be in line to end a 10-game absence following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. "Our team right now is playing fairly well," Philadelphia coach Alain Vigneault said. "We have a decision to make there. I haven't sat down with the coaches yet to hash that through because I've been waiting for the medical crew to definitely clear Shayne." While Gostisbehere's availability is in question, Ivan Provorov has been constant in the lineup. The former first-round pick will become the second defenseman in NHL history (Dan Girardi) to start his career by playing in 300 straight games with the same team when he takes the ice on Thursday.

OVERTIME

1. Philadelphia C Scott Laughton has scored a goal in three straight games.

2. Devils C Nico Hischier (knee) and D Sami Vatanen (undisclosed) have been ruled out versus the Flyers, interim coach Alain Nasreddine said after practice Wednesday.

3. Flyers C Kevin Hayes has scored a short-handed goal in back-to-back games to lift his total to an NHL-best four on the season.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
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Last Injuries

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Shayne Gostisbehere

    Knee
    Late Feb | out

    Gostisbehere has been out of commission due to scar tissue in his left knee. He is lining up to rejoin the team toward the end of February.

  • Joel Farabee

    Illness
    Prob Tues | probable

    Farabee has at out the past three games due to an illness, but the symptoms are expected to subside in time for Tuesday's tilt versus the Islanders.

  • Carter Hart

    Abdominal
    Prob Mon | probable

    Hart is sidelined with an abdominal strain, but it is expected he will return Monday against the Panthers.

New Jersey Devils

  • Will Butcher

    Undisclosed
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Butcher left the previous game due to an unspecified reason, and it is unclear if he will play against the Sharks on Thursday.

  • Nicholas Merkley

    Face
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Merkley was removed from the last game due to a facial injury. It is undetermined if he will be in Thursday's lineup versus the Sharks.

  • Sami Vatanen

    Lower Body
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Vatanen has been placed on the injured reserve list with a right leg contusion, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Andy Greene

    Acquired
    Prob Mon | probable

    Greene is likely to make his team debut Monday versus the Coyotes after being acquired in a trade.

  • Nico Hischier

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Hischier has been sidelined due to stitches in his knee, but he is expected to rejoin the lineup Sunday versus the Blue Jackets.

  • P.K. Subban

    Flu
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Subban was held out of the last game due to the flu, but he is likely to line up against the Flyers on Thursday.

philadelphia-flyers Stats 2019-2020

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new-jersey-devils Stats 2019-2020

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Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Player GP G GWG GO GP1 GP2 Gp3 GPP GSH PPP PSH SHI SHOT
Statistics
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Player GP GS FL FW H L W OL PM
Assits
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Player GP GS A APP ASH
Defense
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Player GP GS GA GAA GP1A GP2A GP3A GOA SA SOA SP1A SP2A SP3A BS
Shutouts
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Player GP GS SHU SHUA SHUS SHUL
Time on ice
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS
Player GP GS TOIESS TOIPPS TOIS TOISHS