A quick update before the puck drops. The Devils will be facing the Flyers several more times this season, but tonight is the first meeting of 2013 — of course, to the Devils and the Flyers, that’s all old hat. After the Devils knocked them out of the playoff race last season, and now that they’re two games down and behind, the Flyers will be out for blood at the Rock tonight.
Offensive lines remain the same, according to Fire and Ice:
Barch is a healthy scratch, with Darche still skating with the team as both camps contemplate a contract. Defensive lines weren’t confirmed this morning, but Larsson is a healthy scratch yet again. The young defenseman says he “doesn’t mind, as long as the team wins.” Henrique seems to be about 7-10 days away from returning from his thumb injury.
Home opener at the Rock means the raising of the Eastern Conference Championship banner. Looks like it’s already up, though, and the Devils will have an exultant but quick ceremony of playoff dominance before the puck drops.
Have some stats courtesy of Tom Gulitti: In 76 career games versus Philadelphia, Patrik Elias has 33 goals and 75 points. Ilya Kovalchuk has 22 goals and 43 points in 45 career games. We’re in for a fun time.
Get ready to watch on NBCSN, and bundle up if you’re heading to the game!