Preview: Flyers vs Devils (Game 57)

Updated: February 13, 2018 at 3:55 pm by John Gove

After an impressive sweep of their trip to the desert against Arizona and Vegas, the Philadelphia Flyers (28-19-9) return home to take on the New Jersey Devils (27-20-8) on Tuesday night. This will be the final regular season matchup between these bitter division rivals.

Watch / Listen / FACE-OFF

TV: NBCSP

LISTEN: 97.5 FM

PUCK DROP: 7:00 P.M.

Line Combinations: Courtesy of Daily Faceoff

Philadelphia Flyers Line Combinations

Claude Giroux – Sean Couturier – Travis Konecny

Jake Voracek – Nolan Patrick – Wayne Simmonds

Michael Raffl – Scott Laughton – Jordan Weal

Jori Lehtera – Valtteri Filppula – Dale Weise

Ivan Provorov – Shayne Gostisbehere

Robert Hagg – Andrew MacDonald

Brandon Manning – Radko Gudas

Michal Neuvirth

New Jersey Devils Line Combinations

Taylor Hall – Nico Hischier – Kyle Palmieri

Jesper Bratt – Pavel Zacha – Drew Stafford

Miles Wood – Travis Zajac – Stefan Noesen

Blake Coleman – Brian Boyle – Jimmy Hayes

Andy Greene – Ben Lovejoy 

Mirco Mueller – Sami Vatanen

Will Butcher – Damon Severson

Keith Kinkaid 

Three Storylines to Watch

The Flyers and the Devils both find themselves in the midst of four-game streaks. However, Philadelphia has strung together four consecutive victories while New Jersey is suffering through four straight losses. Of course, the Flyers hope to extend their streak to five games. The Devils, on the other hand, hope they can turn the corner and put an end to their losing ways.

It is hard to argue the success of the Flyers top line. Just this past Sunday, the trio of Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier, and Travis Konecny played a role in three of the four goals scored against Vegas. In the season series with the Devils so far, Giroux has recorded a goal and three assists while Couturier and Konecny have two goals and one assist each. If Philadelphia’s top line can keep rolling, the Flyers chance of winning certainly increases.

Michal Neuvirth is expected to make his second straight start Tuesday night after a very strong performance on Sunday against Vegas. In truth, he will be seeing a serious increase in action due to the recent injury of Brian Elliott. The spotlight will be on Neuvirth as the organization hopes he can answer the call and keep this team moving in the right direction. However, if he struggles and Elliott is sidelined for an extended period of time, expect the Flyers to hit the market for a goalie.

 

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