The Devils host the Flyers for the first of three meetings between the rivals. All of this season’s games will be played in 2021, with two in New Jersey and one in Philadelphia.
New Jersey will be celebrating its annual Hockey Fights Cancer Night Sunday with events, celebrations and moments of remembrance throughout the day and throughout the game.
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NEWARK, New Jersey – We all have bad days when something is wrong.
For the Devils, they weren’t themselves Friday night in Nashville. A 4-2 loss to the Predators is one thing, but the effort put into that losing effort was not up to the standards the club have set themselves this season. As the team turns the page on their game against the Flyers tonight, it’s important to learn from the loss, but still read what’s wrong and move on.
“Obviously it wasn’t good enough,” said the Devils defenseman. Ryan grave. “I think there are a few areas of the game where we need a little more effort and just to clean it up, whether it’s just effort or structure. But I think we have touched on a few points that can bring a little more energy to our game and make things a little more difficult for opposing teams, which can help us to rekindle the momentum a little more in our favor. “
“When we’re playing well, what do we do that gets us playing as fast as possible, the number of hits we get, how do we approach the transition? Said head coach Lindy Ruff. “So we had one-on-one line meetings, we talked to the defense to just reset and get ready for tonight.”
NEED FOR POWER ON THE POWER PLAY
The Devils’ power play hurts right now, in terms of reward. He ranks 27th in the NHL with just 13.5% conversion.
“I think our power play is starting to look like a power play that’s going to be dangerous,” Ruff said.
The Devils are 0 for 6 in their last two power play games and just two in their last 21. One thing, according to Ruff, can help the male advantage achieve Ty smith Go.
SMITH IS BACK
Ty Smith is back in the lineup tonight after missing the team’s last two games with a strong scratch.
“’It’s obviously something that sucks when you have to do it,” Smith said of the sitting position. “But it’s something you can learn from. I think looking from above you see it very differently. And I haven’t had a chance to do that here yet. So to be able to doing it, looking down from above and learning a few things and trends from guys, that’s a pretty cool way to look at the game. So obviously it’s not something you want to do again, but something that I can use as a learning experience.
Smith had a brilliant rookie campaign but had a rough start to the season. The Devils have given him the two-game reset and are hoping he returns against Philadelphia with new energy and success.
“The puck decisions and the defensive decisions have to be better,” said Ruff. “He’s going to be back in the lineup and we know that when he plays well he’s a player who can help us win. I think I will watch a few games and realize that in some of the defensive situations he has given up. with a few of his decisions with the puck he understands he has to be better. He’s not straying from that game. And I’m pretty sure he’ll be a lot better tonight.
DEVILS (8-6-4) vs. FLYERS (8-7-4)
TV: 7 p.m. ET; Broadcast on MSG +
The Devils welcome the Flyers for the first time this season after appearing in eight games during the 2020-21 campaign. The two teams have each won four games; however, Philadelphia won the last game, 4-2, in New Jersey’s season finale. Sunday’s game is the first of three meetings between the metropolitan clubs. The other two contests will take place in December 2021, the next at home on December 8 and the series finale in Philadelphia on December 14.
Scope of the Devils Team:
The Devils are still looking for consistency and are looking to bounce back from a tough loss in Nashville on Friday. In the last five games, the team has posted a 1-2-2 record. New Jersey has multiple opportunities with games on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to return to the winning column.
One area of interest has been special teams, especially with the power play. New Jersey hasn’t scored on a power play opportunity since Nov. 14, despite 11 power plays during that time.
Nathan Bastien played their first game with the Devils, after New Jersey claimed it on waivers on Thursday. Devils head coach Lindy Ruff has been impressed with the forward’s play and the coaching staff are working to bring Bastian up to speed with the penalty kill – a big part of his role last season with New Jersey.
Jesper bratt is the point guard for the team with 14, while Pavel Zacha remains the top scorer with eight goals. Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier are tied with 10 assists as a leader in this category.
Scope of the Flyers team:
Philadelphia is on a five-game losing streak, most recently losing 6-3 to the Hurricanes on Friday. Aside from wanting to stop the slippage, Philadelphia only has two games over the next week, which makes the win even more important now.
Flyers captain Claude Giroux is a huge offensive threat that New Jersey will need to focus on. Giroux leads his team in points (17) and assists (10). He’s tied with Cam Atkinson for most goals with seven.
Goalie Carter Hart is 5-5-3 with a 2.67 GAA and .920 save percentage. Hart also has a shutout this season.
In numbers :
Two Swedish players are on a multi-game point streak. Andreas Johnsson and Jesper Bratt each have at least one point in their last three games played. If Johnsson scores a point against the Flyers, he will tie his career-high in point streaks. He did this two other times in his career, 2018-19 and 2019-2020 as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.
The Devils’ power play will be put to the test when they face the Flyers. Philadelphia’s penalty is 12th in the league, preventing opponents from scoring 84 percent of the time. In the last five games, the Flyers have killed 12 of their 14 penalties.
Jaros (IR, main)
Wood (IR, hip)
Thompson (IR, upper body)
Hughes (IR, shoulder)
Boqvist (IR, upper body)
Laczynski (IR, hip)
Brown (IR, dislocated thumb)
Ellis (IR, lower body)
– Catherine Bogart, NewJerseyDevils.com