The Devils host the Flyers for the first of three meetings between the rivals. All of this season’s games will be played in 2021, with two in New Jersey and one in Philadelphia.
New Jersey will be celebrating its annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night Sunday with events, celebrations and moments of remembrance throughout the day and throughout the game.
You can watch the game on MSG + or listen on the Devils Hockey Network. The puck handover is at 7:08 p.m. ET.
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DEVILS (8-6-4) vs. FLYERS (8-7-4)
TV: 7 p.m. ET; Broadcast on MSG +
The Devils welcome the Flyers for the first time this season after appearing in eight games during the 2020-21 campaign. The two teams have each won four games; however, Philadelphia won the last game, 4-2, in New Jersey’s season finale. Sunday’s game is the first of three meetings between the metropolitan clubs. The other two contests will take place in December 2021, the next at home on December 8 and the series finale in Philadelphia on December 14.
Scope of the Devils Team:
The Devils are still looking for consistency and are looking to bounce back from a tough loss in Nashville on Friday. In the last five games, the team has posted a 1-2-2 record. New Jersey has multiple opportunities with games on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to return to the winning column.
One area of interest has been special teams, especially with the power play. New Jersey hasn’t scored on a power play opportunity since Nov. 14, despite 11 power plays during that time.
Nathan Bastien played their first game with the Devils, after New Jersey claimed it on waivers on Thursday. Devils head coach Lindy Ruff has been impressed with the forward’s play and the coaching staff are working to bring Bastian up to speed with the penalty kill – a big part of his role last season with New Jersey.
Jesper bratt is the point guard for the team with 14, while Pavel Zacha remains the top scorer with eight goals. Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier are tied with 10 assists as a leader in this category.
Scope of the Flyers team:
Philadelphia is on a five-game losing streak, most recently losing 6-3 to the Hurricanes on Friday. Aside from wanting to stop the slippage, Philadelphia only has two games over the next week, which makes the win even more important now.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux is a huge offensive threat that New Jersey will need to focus on. Giroux leads his team in points (17) and assists (10). He’s tied with Cam Atkinson for most goals with seven.
Goalie Carter Hart is 5-5-3 with a 2.67 GAA and .920 save percentage. Hart also has a shutout this season.
In numbers :
Two Swedish players are on a multi-game point streak. Andreas Johnsson and Jesper Bratt each have at least one point in their last three games played. If Johnsson scores a point against the Flyers, he will tie his career-high in point streaks. He did this two other times in his career, 2018-19 and 2019-2020 as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.
The Devils’ power play will be put to the test when they face the Flyers. Philadelphia’s penalty is 12th in the league, preventing opponents from scoring 84 percent of the time. In the last five games, the Flyers have killed 12 of their 14 penalties.
Jaros (IR, main)
Wood (IR, hip)
Thompson (IR, upper body)
Hughes (IR, shoulder)
Boqvist (IR, upper body)
Laczynski (IR, hip)
Brown (IR, dislocated thumb)
Ellis (IR, lower body)
– Catherine Bogart, NewJerseyDevils.com