By: David Kolb
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (19-19-9)@ PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (22-18-6)
SECOND OF THREE
Tonight the Devils head down I-95 to face the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. This will be the second of five games the clubs will play against each other this season, as the Devils blanked the Flyers 4-0 in their first meeting on Dec. 22. The Devils will look to bounce-back quickly tonight, as they allowed three power play goals Friday, dropping a 3-1 contest vs. the Montreal Canadiens. Meanwhile, the Flyers have been struggling, losing four of their past five games, however, they have had five days to regroup since their 5-0 loss to the Washington Capitals last Sunday.
HALL PACING DEVILS
Devils’ forward, Taylor Hall extended his point-streak to five games, as he assisted on Steven Santini’s first-period goal Friday. Hall now has the team-lead in points with 30 (11 goals and 19 assists), as he has two goals and three assists in his past five contests. In the first game vs. the Flyers, Hall picked up an assist helping the Devils gain a 4-0 win. Hall enters tonight’s tilt with 10 points (five goals, five assists) in seven career games against the Flyers.
Flyers’ right wing, Wayne Simmonds must be watched carefully by the Devils’ defense tonight, as he takes the ice tonight leading his club in goals with 18, and has 34 points in 46 games this season. Simmonds is lethal when he’s on the power play, having produced nine goals with eight assists with the man-advantage.
SANTINI MAKING HIS CASE
Defenseman, Steven Santini scored his second career goal and the only goal for the Devils on Friday vs. Montreal. The goal was his second goal in the last five games and fourth point in January. The 21-year old from Bronxville, New York now has four points in only 10 games this season and is slowly making the case to be a regular on the Devils’ blueline.
FRIENDLY FOE FOR ZAJAC
Devils’ center, Travis Zajac enters tonight’s game with 28 points, second on New Jersey in scoring behind Hall. Zajac has more points (32) vs. the Flyers than any other opponent in his career and will skate in Philly tonight having scored 15 of his 28 points on the road this season.