The Flyers continued their recent run of success by taking care of business against the last place team in the NHL with a 3-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night. On Thursday night, they will get one more game against a team near the bottom of the standings before the battle against top teams in the league resumes.

The New Jersey Devils come to town on Thursday night, as the Flyers look for their third straight win and fifth in the last six games. The Flyers are also looking to extend a five-game points streak.

The Devils have a very different look since their last meeting against the Flyers in early November. They underwent a coaching change and traded away a top scorer. Additionally, they will be without forward Nico Hischier and defenseman Sami Vatanen for Thursday's game, leaving them shorthanded in the lineup.

Game time is 7 p.m.

Team Leaders

Philadelphia FlyersGPGAPNew Jersey DevilsGPGAP
Sean Couturier53133346Kyle Palmieri48191635
Travis Konecny50172744Nico Hischier46131932
Jake Voracek53112940Nikita Gusev4992231
Claude Giroux53132235Blake Coleman52191029
Kevin Hayes 53171532Sami Vatanen4761925
Player to Watch
13 Kevin Hayes21 Kyle Palmieri
Last 5 Games: 3 G, 3 A, 6 P, +5Last 5 Games: 3 G, 2 A, 5 P, +1
Kevin Hayes hasn't just been scoring, but his goals have come in huge spots lately. Since Jan. 8, a span of 10 games, Hayes has five goals and eight points, including three shorthanded goals. That has moved Hayes into a tie for the team lead in goals.
Kyle Palmieri remains a constant in the Devils lineup, and he's had a lot of success against the Flyers in the past, posting 11 goals and 21 points in 21 career games. He scored two goals in his last game to tie for the team lead with 19 goals and has a team-leading 35 points.
Projected Goalie Matchup
37 Brian Elliott29 Mackenzie Blackwood
26 GP, 13-5-4, 2.81 GAA, .903 SV%37 GP, 15-12-7, 3.00 GAA, .904 SV%

It wasn't a busy game for Brian Elliott, but he stopped all 16 shots that came his way to record his second shutout in the previous two weeks on Monday night against Detroit. Carter Hart is nearing a return, but with Elliott playing so well, there is no rush to put him back in net, so Elliott gets back in goal for the Flyers on Thursday.

Mackenzie Blackwood makes his first start in a week, his last coming on Jan. 30 in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators. Blackwood has just one win in his last five starts. He took the loss to the Flyers on Nov. 1 in a shootout, allowing three goals on 31 shots in regulation and the only goal of the shootout.

Flyers Projected Lineup

Injuries: Joel Farabee (illness, day-to-day), Carter Hart (lower right abdominal, day-to-day), Nolan Patrick (migrane disorder, out indefinitely), Oskar Lindblom (Ewing's sarcoma, out for season)

Scratches: Robert Hagg

Left WingCenterRight Wing
25 James van Riemsdyk28 Claude Giroux11 Travis Konecny
12 Michael Raffl14 Sean Couturier93 Jake Voracek
21 Scott Laughton13 Kevin Hayes18 Tyler Pitlick
10 Andy Andreoff82 Connor Bunnaman62 Nicolas Aube-Kubel
9 Ivan Provorov15 Matt Niskanen
6 Travis Sanheim5 Phil Myers
53 Shayne Gostisbehere61 Justin Braun
37 Brian Elliott34 Alex Lyon

Lineup Notes

Shayne Gostisbehere makes his return to the lineup and Robert Hagg will come out of the lineup as a healthy scratch. Joel Farabee will not play due to illness, so the Flyers have called up Andy Andreoff from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms to enter the lineup in his place.

Devils Projected Lineup

Injuries: Nico Hischier, Sami Vatanen

Scratches: Colton White

Left WingCenterRight Wing
63 Jesper Bratt86 Jack Hughes21 Kyle Palmieri
20 Blake Coleman19 Travis Zajac97 Nikita Gusev
44 Miles Wood37 Pavel Zacha17 Wayne Simmonds
14 Joey Anderson16 Kevin Rooney15 John Hayden
6 Andy Greene76 P.K. Subban
25 Mirco Mueller28 Damon Severson
8 Will Butcher5 Connor Carrick
29 Mackenzie Blackwood70 Louis Domingue

Game Notes

  • Power Play: Flyers (17th), Devils (27th)
  • Penalty Kill: Flyers (14th), Devils (18th)
  • Recent History vs. Devils
    • Oct. 9, 2019 - Flyers 4, Devils 0 (at PHI)
    • Nov. 1, 2019 - Flyers 4, Devils 3 (F/SO) (at NJ)
  • Flyers Leaders vs. Devils
    • Claude Giroux - 50 GP, 11 G, 35 A, 46 P
    • James van Riemsdyk - 33 GP, 14 G, 10 A, 24 P
    • Jake Voracek - 40 GP, 7 G, 22 A, 29 P
    • Kevin Hayes - 19 GP, 6 G, 7 A, 13 P
    • Brian Elliott - 11 GP, 6-5-0, 2.57 GAA, .898 SV%
  • Milestone Watch
    • Jake Voracek will play in his 900th NHL game tonight.
    • Ivan Provorov will play in his 300th NHL game tonight.
    • Shayne Gostisbehere needs one point to reach 200 for his career.
    • Claude Giroux needs three points to reach 800 for his career.

Where to Watch
TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Radio: 93.3 WMMR

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

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