Flyers-Devils: 5 things you need to know

Flyers-Devils: 5 things you need to know

The Flyers react to their shutout loss to the Caps

November 2, 2013, 12:00 pm
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As if a 7-0 blowout loss to the Washington Capitals wasn't bad enough, the Flyers will head to Newark shorthanded on Saturday.

Vinny Lecavalier and Steve Downie, who both started Friday's loss to the Caps on the top line with Claude Giroux, will not be available for the Flyers (3-9-0) when they take on the New Jersey Devils (3-5-4) at the Prudential Center.

Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. (TCN) and here are five things you need to know for Flyers-Devils:

1. Lecavalier & Downie out
Not only did the Flyers get flat-out embarrassed by the Capitals on Friday, but they also lost two key players -- to fights.

Lecavalier will miss at least Saturday's game after suffering a facial injury in a bout with Steve Oleksy during a line brawl in the third period of Friday's loss.

Downie, who was playing in his first game since be re-acquired by the orange and black, is out indefinitely with a concussion after taking a hard left from Aaron Volpatti in the second frame. The gritty forward was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania after the game for "further tests and observation" according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

Both Lecavalier and Downie skated on a line with Giroux until head coach Craig Berube shuffled up the Flyers' lines mid-game. It didn't matter, however, as the Flyers showed little fight -- besides the line brawl -- against the Alex Ovechkin-less Caps.

Berube will likely go back to using Scott Hartnell and Jakub Voracek on Giroux's line against the Devils.

2. McGinn's back
As expected, the Flyers recalled foward Tye McGinn from the AHL Adirondack Phantoms on Saturday.

McGinn was called up for four games earlier this season. During his brief stint with the Flyers, the 23-year-old scored three goals -- all while playing on the top line -- and collected four penalty minutes. 

In his last two games with the Flyers, McGinn was relegated to a third-line role after Lecavalier returned from his lower-body injury. He didn't register a shot in either of those contests and averaged about 11 minutes of ice time.

The winger, however, has continued to find the back of the net since being sent down. He netted a pair of goals in the Phantoms' 3-1 win over the Binghamton Senators on Friday.

With Downie sidelined, expect McGinn to step in and provide some energy for the Flyers. He's played well when up with the big club over the past two seasons and won't shy away from throwing his body around.

3. Salute!
The Flyers will see a familiar face when the puck drops at the Prudential Center.

Jaromir Jagr, who leads the Devils with 10 points this season, will play the Flyers for just the second time since leaving the orange and black for free agency in 2012.

The Flyers won't like seeing the future Hall of Famer on the opposite side of the ice, as Jagr has 107 career points against them -- his second-highest total against any club (146 points vs. the New York Islanders).

Jagr has been red-hot for New Jersey over the past two weeks. No. 68 brings a five-game point-scoring streak into Saturday and has seven points (one goal) during that span.

4. Devil of a time
Two players who the Flyers will not look forward to seeing are longtime Devils Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias.

Brodeur has given the orange and black fits his whole career, but especially as of late. The netminder, including playoffs, is 7-0-0 with a 1.37 goals-against average in his last seven starts against the Flyers.

Elias is a certified Flyers killer. In 81 career regular-season games against the Flyers, he has scored 35 goals and assisted 45 more.

5. This and that
• This is the first of four meetings between the Flyers and Devils this season. New Jersey dominated the 2013 season series, winning four of the five contests between the two bitter rivals.

• The Flyers are 0-2-0 in the second of back-to-back games this season.

• New Jersey has beaten the Flyers four straight times at home.

• The Flyers have scored more than two goals just once this season and are tied with the New York Rangers for the fewest goals in the NHL with 20.

• Devils captain Bryce Salvador (foot) is doubtful to play and forwards Ryan Clowe (head) and Travis Zajac (ankle) are out.