BY: DAVID KOLB
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (20-11-4) @ NEW JERSEY DEVILS (12-13-7)
Tonight the Devils faceoff against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first of five I-95 Metropolitan Division games the two clubs will play this seasons. The Devils are desperate for a win tonight after falling under .500 following Tuesday’s 5-1 loss vs. the Nashville Predators, extending their losing streak to a season-high seven games.
HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS…
The Devils are 8-2-2 at “The Rock” this season and play seven of their next 10 games at Prudential Center. Earlier this season the Devils set a new franchise record for the longest run of undefeated home games to begin a season, as they began the season in Newark, 8-0-2.
SIMMONDS A PRESENCE
Flyers leading goal-scorer Wayne Simmonds is looking to score thirty goals for the second season in a row and he is well on his way, as he has 16 goals in 35 games. Simmonds is 6’2” and physical, making him a tough matchup for the Devils, however, the 28-year-old takes the ice a bit cold, as he has not tallied a point in his past three games.
Damon Severson leads all Devils’ defensemen in points with three goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 32 games after recording an assist in Nashville on Tuesday. He has turned in four multi-point games this season, and will shortly surpass last season’s numbers of a goal and 20 assists for 21 points in 72 games.
VORACEK PUTTING UP NUMBERS
Flyers leading scorer Jakub Voracek is turning in a sensational season with 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points, including 13 power play points. Voracek has collected assists in three out of his past four games and has been spectacular in December, tallying three goals with 12 assists for 15 points in 11 games.