- 6:09 PHI Wayne Simmonds (Power Play); Assists: Brayden Schenn, Jakub Voracek
- 9:45 PHI Jakub Voracek; Assists: Sean Couturier, Claude Giroux
While these are joyous times for the New York Islanders, these are frustrating circumstances for the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Islanders attempt to get their season-high fourth straight victory while the Flyers look to stop a nine-game road losing streak Sunday night when the Metropolitan Division rivals meet at Barclays Center.
New York put together three straight wins for the third time this season. Their first two attempts to get a fourth consecutive victory have not gone well as the Islanders were handed a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Dec. 4 and a 6-4 drubbing at Minnesota on Dec. 29.
The Devils go to Philadelphia to play the Flyers at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
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The Devils (12-13-7) battle against the Flyers (20-11-4) in Newark on Thursday.
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When the 2016-17 NHL season started, it was expected that the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils would find themselves battling one another for playoff positioning within the competitive Metropolitan Division.
Nearly three months into the season, though, the Flyers (20-11-4) are on much more solid ground than the Devils (12-13-7), due in large part to recent streaks that have taken the teams in opposite directions.
Philadelphia won ten games in a row from Nov. 27 through Dec. 14, a run which catapulted the Flyers into a comfortable Wild Card position after an uneven 9-10-3 start to the season.
The Devils have acquired forward Peter Straka from the Flyers in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2017 or 2018, the team announced Saturday.
The New York Rangers gave up three third-period goals in a 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday at Madison Square Garden.
The New York Rangers lost to the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3, in overtime after coming back from a three-goal deficit on Monday at Wells Fargo Center.
The New York Islanders scored three goals in the third period to beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-0, on Monday.
Shane Prince scored a power-play goal 4:28 into the period, and Joshua Ho-Sang scored 4 1/2 minutes later to make it 2-0. Michael Dal Colle scored an empty-netter with 2:34 remaining.
Jean-Francois Berube and Christopher Gibson both recorded 14 saves. Berube played 30:41, while Gibson 29:08.
The New Jersey Devils won preseason games against the Philadelphia Flyers and Montreal Canadiens on Monday.
Nick Lappin scored twice in a 2-0 win over Philadelphia, including an empty-netter with 32 seconds left.
Adam Henrique scored two power-play goals in a 3-2 win against the Canadiens in Montreal. Michael McLeod's third-period goal proved to be the difference after Zach Redmond brought Montreal within one.
Michael Raffl scored the tiebreaking goal early in the second period and added two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday night.
Evgeny Medvedev, Shayne Gostisbehere, Scott Laughton and R.J. Umberger also scored for the Flyers, who trailed 2-0 midway through the first period. Michal Neuvirth stopped 15 shots in the teams' season finale that was a game rescheduled from Jan. 23 due to a blizzard.
Nikolay Kulemin and Matt Martin scored for the Islanders, who finished with the Eastern Conference's top wild card and will face the Atlantic Division champion Florida Panthers in the first round of the playoffs.
The New York Islanders lost their fourth straight game, falling to the Flyers, 4-1, on Monday.
Outstanding goaltending and defense made the New Jersey Devils a perennial playoff participant during the previous two decades.
That same formula may help them get back there after a three-year drought.
The surging Devils vie for a fourth straight win and second over the Philadelphia Flyers in four days when the longtime rivals face off Tuesday night.
Derek Stepan scored twice in the third period to lead the New York Rangers to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night.
Derick Brassard scored early and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots as the Rangers improved to 5-0-1 in their last six games. They also beat the Flyers at home for the 11th time in 12 games.
Brayden Schenn spoiled Lundqvist's shutout with 9.7 seconds left in the third period with his 16th goal of the season, but the Flyers lost for the fifth time in six games. Steve Mason finished with 27 saves.
Adam Henrique scored a power-play goal 2 minutes, 58 seconds into overtime to lift the New Jersey Devils to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Joseph Blandisi scored in regulation for the Devils, who snapped a three-game road losing streak to improve to 7-2-2 in their last 11 games.
Shayne Gostisbhere scored for the Flyers to set a club record for rookies with a point in 11 straight games.
Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan scored in a shootout to lift the New York Rangers to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Keith Yandle tied it with 12.9 seconds left in regulation and Chris Kreider also scored in regulation for the Rangers, who won consecutive games for just the second time since Nov. 15.
Ryan White scored and Shayne Gostisbehere had a goal and an assist in regulation for the Flyers, who had won three straight. The Rangers improved to 3-2 in tiereakers this season while Philadelphia dropped to 2-5.
The New York Rangers face the Philadelphia Flyers on the road Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Wayne Simmonds' scoring binge has pushed the Philadelphia Flyers to the verge of matching their longest win streak of the season.
The New York Rangers haven't been able to harness J.T. Miller's bevy of goals into an extended run.
Both players have shined in recent matchups between the teams, and Simmonds looks to lead the Flyers to a fourth consecutive victory Saturday.
Mats Zuccarello scored in a shootout and Henrik Lundqvist reached 20 wins for the 11th straight season, leading the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.
Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller scored in regulation for the Rangers.
Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds scored for Philadelphia, which had won four straight overall and six in a row on home ice.
(AP) -- Philadelphia's last meeting against New Jersey was the very beginning of a prolonged slump, but the Flyers hope the next will help them continue their resurgence.
Thats what Philadelphia Flyers officials told the Philadelphia Daily News about the scheduled Sept.?25 preseason matchup between the Flyers and Islanders at Wells Fargo Center. Massive road closures, due to Pope Frances' planned visit to the City of Brotherly Love on Sept. 26 and 27, could affect fans trying to leave the exhibition contest. Nearby Temple University will close its campus on Sept. 25 due to the papal visit the following two days
Here are the lines from warmups at Wells Fargo Center:
#Isles Lines: Kulemin-Tavares-Strome Lee-Bailey-Okposo Grabner-Nelson-Kennedy Boulton-Cizikas-McDonald
MacDonald, who spent five seasons with the Islanders, returned to Nassau Coliseum for the first time since he was traded on February 4.
?Obviously, my first time back and everything, but I think both sides have moved on,? he told reporters on Monday. ?There?s been quite a bit of time since I?ve left now, so for us we?re just worried about playing well and getting two points.?
The Islanders secured their fifteenth?win through their first 21 games of the season, doing so for the first time in franchise history. The milestone is in large part thanks to the goaltending of Jaroslav Halak, who made 21 saves through 65-minutes of action.
"I thought [Halak] played well," Islander head coach Jack Capuano said. "He's played well for us, both goalies have stepped in, but tonight he knew the guy at the other end was playing pretty well. The chances that he faced, they were some grade A chances there and he came up big for us."
The Flyers finished the the 2013-14 regular season with a 42-30-10 record. It was good enough for third in the Metropolitan Division and sixth in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia's run in the post season was a short one however, as they lost in the first round to the New York Rangers.
Following the season the Flyers made some adjustments int he front office. Philadelphia named Paul Holmgren the new team president and Ron Hextall was installed as the team's general manager. Changes to the Flyers roster were minimal in the offseason because of cap space restrictions. The Flyers added forward R.J. Umberger, via a trade, as well as defenseman Nick Schultz and Michael Del Zatto through free agency.
The Devils mustered on 14 shots on Ray Emery last night.
You can certainly chalk it up to a lack of execution on the offensive side, but it was more about what the Flyers did defensively that stymied the Devils' attack.
- The only goal of the game came on a shot by Braden Schenn in the first period.
Three games on tap this week following Saturday night's comeback win in Boston. The Devils finally get two home games in a row, so they'll be looking to extend their home point streak and begin to climb back towards .500 on the season
Tuesday, October 29th - vs. Tampa Bay Lighting
With the season upon us, it's time to see how the Devils stack up with the rest of the Metropolitan Division. With plenty of talent across the board, the Metro division should be one of the most competitive in the league.
On May 8?
1988- Officials boycott game 4 of the Wales Conference finals between the Devils and Boston Bruins, after the NHL did not suspend New Jersey coach Jim Schoenfeld for his postgame outburst at referee Don Koharski.
On May 6?
1972- Denis and Mireille Brodeur welcomed a baby boy, Martin, into the world. That boy would grow into the Devils' -- and arguably the NHL's -- greatest goalie of all time.
On May 3...
2001- New Jersey is soundly dismantled in game 4 by the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 at Air Canada Centre, evening the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals at 2 games apiece.
On May 1...
2000- Patrik Elias records a goal and two assists, and Scott Gomez and Claude Lemieux each post two-point games, leading the Devils to a 5-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals at Continental Airlines Arena.
Unfortunately for them and their fans, that's the only help they got.
New Jersey remains six back of eighth place now with only five games remaining. The Devils' 3-0 win in Philadelphia kept them alive in the playoff hunt with five games left but did them no other good.
Did the Devils play an A-plus game? No. I'd argue they played a couple better overall games during the 10-game winless streak. But the important thing is the streak is over and the Devils are back in the win column thanks to a few superlative efforts. It likely won't get the Devils back in the playoff chase, but a couple wins over the last 10 days would be important for their confidence heading into the offseason. Some thoughts...
It's over: Everyone can breathe a big sign of relief. The winless streak is finally over and it didn't even take Ilya Kovalchuk returning to finally stop it. Of course, like I said above, this wasn't a perfect game. They struggled to put pucks on net in the first and had difficulty finishing in the second before Ryan Carter snapped one of Ilya Bryzgalov's shoulder. But the important thing was the Devils kept working in two very important areas: the neutral zone and below the Flyers' goal line. The Devils did a good job in long stretches of stopping the Flyers at the blue line and both of the Devils even-strength goals came as a result of their work in the neutral zone. As for the forecheck, it was strong almost all night long. The Devils generated a ton of chances off their pressure below the goal line and it eventually wore down Philly's defense. While the Devils aren't talented enough to out-skill teams, they are dedicated and strong enough to out-work them. It's a long shot, but wins like this are the kind of victories that send a team to length winning streaks. The Devils worked their way past an inferior opponent to a streak-busting victory and were rewarded after several games in which they played well but didn't win.
Down six points with just six games left, it's time for the Devils to start helping themselves.
We can go over the scenarios every day, but without New Jersey wins it doesn't matter. The Devils are 0-6-4 in their last 10 yet are still mathematically alive.
Yesterday, we talked about the Devils had to stop worrying about what other teams were doing and just win a game. Well, that didn't happen. They didn't even get an overtime point and now likely have to go 6-1 the rest of the way to make the playoffs, which includes a two-game sweep of the Rangers in the final week.
So tonight, the Devils have no choice but to sit back and root for the other teams. The Senators are off tonight, but they're completely out of reach. The Islanders are not "untouchable" but they're a pretty difficult team to catch.
New Jersey's 5-4 loss to Boston Wednesday leaves it in dire straits. The Devils trail the three-way tie for sixth by four points with only eight games left.
The only solace New Jersey can take is it will have destiny in its own hands. The Devils will meet Ottawa Friday in a crucial affair at Prudential Center. Three of New Jersey's final eight will be against the Rangers and Sens.