The Flyers trip to Pittsburgh was, in a word, embarrassing. They followed up a dismal 5-3 loss to the Islanders on Sunday night with a 7-1 loss to the Penguins that was over before it started.

With two straight losses following a three-game winning streak, the Flyers made some roster adjustments and look to get back on the winning track against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Puck drop is at 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPNew Jersey DevilsGPGAP
Travis Konecny116713Taylor Hall10189
Jake Voracek11459Kyle Palmieri10617
Oskar Lindblom11628Pavel Zacha9246
Kevin Hayes11437Sami Vatanen10336
Claude Giroux 11257Jesper Bratt9325
Player to Watch
28 Claude Giroux21 Kyle Palmieri
Last 5 Games: 2 G, 1 A, 3 P, +6Last 5 Games: 4 G, 0 A, 4 P, E
Claude Giroux finally got on the board in Chicago last week with his first goal of the season and added another one late against the Islanders, but the top line has been mostly ineffective. Alain Vigneault specifically named Giroux as a player that the team needs more from, so look for the Flyers captain to be more involved.
Kyle Palmieri is starting to heat up, posting a hat trick in his last game. The noted Flyers killer has 11 career goals against Philadelphia.
Projected Goalie Matchup
79 Carter Hart29 Mackenzie Blackwood
7 GP, 2-3-1, 3.32 GAA, .864 SV%6 GP, 2-2-2, 3.31 GAA, .871 SV%

Carter Hart's last start was another rough one, allowing five goals on 14 shots before being pulled against the Islanders. Hart did get some time in relief against the Penguins, playing the third period and stopping eight of nine shots. He gets a chance to bounce back and get back to form against the team he shut out on Oct. 9.

Mackenzie Blackwood gets the start for the Devils. His last outing was a rough one, allowing four goals on 16 shots to the Coyotes in a loss on Oct. 25. Prior to that, Blackwood had two solid games, posting a 25-save shutout against Vancouver on Oct. 19 and making 29 saves on 31 shots in a win over the Rangers on Oct. 17.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Nolan Patrick, Scott Laughton

Scratches: Tyler Pitlick, Robert Hagg

Left WingCenterRight Wing
25 James van Riemsdyk28 Claude Giroux93 Jake Voracek
23 Oskar Lindblom14 Sean Couturier11 Travis Konecny
12 Michael Raffl13 Kevin Hayes49 Joel Farabee
81 Carsen Twarynski50 German Rubtsov44 Chris Stewart
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
53 Shayne Gostisbehere61 Justin Braun
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
79 Carter Hart37 Brian Elliott

Lineup Notes

Following Thursday's roster moves, the Flyers will bring Carsen Twarynski into the lineup on the fourth line. German Rubtsov makes his NHL debut centering the fourth line. Defensively, Phil Myers re-joins the lineup, playing on a pair with Travis Sanheim. Shayne Gostisbehere will play with Justin Braun. Tyler Pitlick and Robert Hagg come out of the lineup.

Devils Projected Lineup

Injuries: Connor Carrick

Scratches: Jesper Boqvist, Nikita Gusev, Mirco Mueller

Left WingCenterRight Wing
9 Taylor Hall86 Jack Hughes21 Kyle Palmieri
37 Pavel Zacha13 Nico Hischier63 Jesper Bratt
 20 Blake Coleman19 Travis Zajac17 Wayne Simmonds
44 Miles Wood16 Kevin Rooney 15 John Hayden
28 Damon Severson76 P.K. Subban
6 Andy Greene45 Sami Vatanen
8 Will Butcher7 Matt Tennyson
29 Mackenzie Blackwood35 Cory Schneider

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (T-11th), Devils (26th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (5th), Devils (T-25th)
  • Recent History vs. Devils
    • Oct. 20, 2018 - Flyers 5, Devils 2 (at PHI)
    • Nov. 16, 2018 - Devils 3, Flyers 0 (at PHI)
    • Jan. 12, 2019 - Devils 3, Flyers 2 (at NJ)
    • March 1, 2019 - Flyers 6, Devils 3 (at NJ)
    • Oct. 9, 2019 - Flyers 4, Devils 0 (at PHI)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Devils
    • Claude Giroux - 49 GP, 11 G, 35 A, 46 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 32 GP, 14 G, 10 A, 24 P
    • Jake Voracek - 39 GP, 7 G, 22 A, 29 P
    • Kevin Hayes - 18 GP, 6 G, 7 A, 13 P
    • Carter Hart - 2 GP, 1-1-0, 1.54 GAA, .941 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Jake Voracek needs one goal to reach 200 for his career.
    • Kevin Hayes needs four goals to reach 100 for his career.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic/97.3 ESPN

Kevin Durso is Flyers insider for 97.3 ESPN and Flyers editor for Follow him on Twitter @Kevin_Durso.

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