Who: New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers
When: 7 p.m. ET; Pregame show at 6:30 p.m. ET
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Media: TV - MSG-Plus; Radio - WFAN (660 AM or 101.9 FM)
Stats & Notes (From Devils PR)
- With Wednesday’s 5-2 victory over Philadelphia at Prudential Center, New Jersey won back-to-back games for the first time since a five-game win streak Feb. 3-10.
- Tonight’s contest also opens the Devils’ seventh of ten sets of back-to-back games. The team is 2-4-0 in first games and 3-3-0 in second games when playing on consecutive dates.
- Tonight’s contest closes out a home-and-home set with Philadelphia and continues a stretch of three of four games against Atlantic Division opponents. The Devils are 8-1-2 when playing inside the Division this season.
- Ilya Kovalchuk scored a shorthanded/game-winning goal Wednesday and now has points in five straight games (3g-3a).
- Kovalchuk’s four shorthanded goals are tied for the third most in team history and are just two shy of the Devils’ single-season record (John Madden, 6, 1999-00).
- Stephen Gionta assisted on Kovalchuk’s tally Wednesday night and now has points in back-to-back games (1g-1a-2pts).
- Johan Hedberg made 23 saves and posted his first assist since February 8, 2011 vs. Carolina to improve to 5-7-2 on the season. He is expected to make his 11th straight start tonight, which would tie his career-high (Nov. 24-Dec. 16, 2002).
Inactive: Fayne, Pesonen, Matteau
Truculence: The Flyers-Devils game Wednesday featured some third-period fireworks-- most notably from New Jersey's Tom Kostopolous and Flyers forward Scott Hartnell. Don't be surprised if these division rivals-- playing for the second time in three nights, in front of the notoriously-vitriolic Philadelphia supporters -- engage in some pleasantries.
Moooose: Hedberg gets the start again, and he's been good of late. The 39-year old netminder stopped 23 of 25 on Wednesday, including several while the game was in doubt in the first period. He's won three of his last four starts overall.
Hedberg will make his 10th road start tonight-- he's 2-5-2 in the previous nine.
Desperation: The Flyers enter tonight's action in the Atlantic Division's basement, six points behind New Jersey. Philadelphia's played 28 games, tied for the most in the NHL, sitting in 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Flyers placed a huge emphasis on their home-and-home series. If Philadelphia is swept, it may look to cut bait.