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Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Attendance: 19,105
Devils look to maintain hot start vs. struggling Flyers
New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers
- The Devils are 17-6-3 against the Flyers since 2012-13, including 8-3-1 on the road. In the last two meetings between the teams, both played in February 2018, the Devils scored a winning goal in the final 90 seconds in one game, and a tying goal in the last 90 seconds en route to a shootout win in the other.
- New Jersey allowed four goals in its first four games, winning all four, then suffered a 5-3 defeat to Colorado on Thursday. The team has played a "home" game in Sweden and now will play its first road game of 2018-19. Jersey was 21-15-5 away from home last season, its best road mark since 2011-12.
- The Flyers have given up 31 goals in seven games in 2018-19, tied for the most the team has ever surrendered in the first seven games of a season (also in 2008-09). Philadelphia enters the weekend with an NHL-worst .858 save percentage.
- After scoring 39 goals in his Hart Trophy season in 2017-18, Taylor Hall was held without a goal through four games before notching his first on Thursday. Taylor had six points in four games against Philadelphia last season and has 20 points (nine goals) in 15 career games versus Philly.
- A season ago, Philadelphia blueliners Shayne Gostisbehere and Ivan Provorov combined for 30 goals, 106 points and a plus-27. Through seven games in 2018-19, the pair has a combined for one goal, five points and a minus-9.
- The Flyers have yielded an NHL-high (through Thursday) 10 first-period goals -- that's one more than the total allowed by New Jersey in all periods. The Devils have surrendered just one first-period goal, fewest in the league.
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The New Jersey Devils will try to bounce back from their first loss of the season when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers for a Saturday matinee.
The Devils (4-1) surrendered a 3-2 third-period lead and dropped a 5-3 decision on two late goals to the visiting Colorado Avalanche Thursday night.
"We found a way to dig in there in the third and give ourselves a chance, but at that point we just have to make sure, with four minutes left, that we're smart and protecting the house there," Devils captain Andy Greene told NHL.com. "We needed to live to fight for another day and, at that point, make sure we play for the point and go from there."
Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists, Nico Hischier had a goal and an assist, and Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves for New Jersey, which was last remaining undefeated team in the NHL and was denied a chance at its first 5-0 start since starting 1993-94 7-0.
The Devils also lost a pair of skaters Thursday. Center Travis Zajac and defenseman Ben Lovejoy are both day-to-day with a lower body injury and won't pay Saturday.
On the plus side, the Devils activated goaltender Cory Schneider, who will head to Binghamton of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment. The 32-year-old is rehabbing after May 1 surgery to repair torn cartilage in his hip.
"We want to see him get through a game, see how he responds to 60 minutes while working in more read-and-react situations than just practice," Devils coach John Hynes told NHL.com. "It's important for him to play a live-game situation against another opponent where the score of the game matters."
The Flyers are also coming off a Thursday night loss, 6-3 at Columbus.
Philadelphia (3-4) has allowed 11 goals in its last two games, though one was a 6-5 win over Florida.
"It's pretty embarrassing," center Sean Couturier told NHL.com. "Offensively, we're trying too much, making high-risk plays. We're creating chances, but when we're not, we're giving up odd-man rushes and getting caught defensively. "It's got to stop. This high-risk, almost summer hockey is getting out of hand."
Philadelphia has given up 31 goals in its first seven games. The last time they endured a similar stretch was 2008 when they allowed 32 goals in seven games. adStreetHockey.com.
Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist, and Claude Giroux had two assists for the Flyers. Calvin Pickard allowed six goals on 28 shots in his second start for Philadelphia.
"What you see are at times is guys trying to do a little too much," Flyers coach Dave Hakstol told the team's website. "When you try and extend a shift, try to make one more play, most times that's when negative plays are going to come right back at you."
Kinkaid has started all five games for New Jersey and had 1.61 goals against average and a .941 save percentage. Versus the Flyers he's 6-1 with a 2.38 GAA and .918 save percentage. Philadelphia's Brian Elliott is 5-4 with a 2.69 GAA and .894 save percentage against the Devils.
Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri is off to the best start of his NHL career with seven goals and eight points in five games.
Flyers center Nolan Patrick was a full participant in practice Friday for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury in Ottawa, though his status for Saturday is uncertain.
Updated October 19, 2018