The Flyers are off to their worst start since they started 0-2 in 2008-09. The last time they started off 0-3 was the last time the lockout shortened a season 1994-95. This is the first of five matchups with the Devils this season with the first three matchups taking place at the Prudential Center. The Flyers are 104-84-18-10 against the Devils in the regular season. Left wing Tye McGinn will make his NHL debut tonight for the Flyers as he will be in the lineup replacing injured winger Zac Rinaldo. McGinn had 11 goals and 52 penalty minutes in 33 games with the Adirondack Phantoms. The Flyers have not had a player appear in the “Stars of the Game” yet this season.
Between the Pipes: Ilya Bryzgalov (0-2-0, 3.06 GAA, .909 SV%). Despite his numbers, Bryzgalov is not having a terrible start to the season. There have been a few goals that should probably have been stopped but no straight-up head scatchers. He had 24 saves on 26 shots on Saturday against Pittsburgh then came back on Sunday with 36 saves on 40 shots against the Sabres.
The Devils are playing just their second game of the season tonight as they welcome the Flyers to town. They won their season opener for the first time since 2008 with a 2-1 win over the Islanders on Saturday. Travis Zajac opened the scoring giving New Jersey a 1-0 lead and David Clarkson tallied the game winner with 8:17 remaining in the third period. On Thursday, the Devils announced that defenseman Bryce Salvador as their new captain taking over for the departed free agent Zach Parise.
Between the Pipes: Martin Brodeur (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .947 SV%). Brodeur made 18 saves on 19 shots on Saturday against the Islanders. He is 45-30-9 in his career against the Flyers with nine shutouts, a 2.47 GAA and a .905 SV%. He extended his own NHL record by starting his 18th straight opener for the same team. Brodeur is eight games away from 1,200 NHL games played. His 1,192 is already an NHL record.
Puck drop is slated for 7:30 pm. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and the NBC Sports Network. It can also be heard on 93.3 WMMR, the first time in the station’s 45 year history that they will broadcast a sporting event.
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