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Thursday, November 7th (All times Eastern)

New Jersey Devils (3-7-4) at Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-1), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of offensively-challenged division rivals will meet Thursday in Philadelphia, as the Flyers welcome the New Jersey Devils in a clash at the Wells Fargo Center.

Philadelphia enters Thursday averaging an NHL-worst 1.57 goals per game, while the Devils are ranked 28th in the league at just 1.86 GPG. New Jersey is coming off consecutive shutout losses, including a 1-0 home setback last Saturday against the Flyers.

Both the Devils and Flyers' scoring issues were on display Saturday in Newark. Ray Emery only needed to stop 14 shots to record the shutout for Philadelphia and Brayden Schenn recorded the lone goal of the game. It was the second win for the Flyers in the past three meetings with New Jersey, but the Devils have taken four of their last six games in Philadelphia.

The Devils followed Saturday's loss with a 4-0 setback at Minnesota on Sunday and have gone seven periods without scoring a goal. New Jersey's last tally came on a Jaromir Jagr goal in the second period of a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay on Oct. 29.

After putting only 14 shots on net in Saturday's loss to the Flyers, the Devils got just 19 shots on net against the Wild, who saw Josh Harding record his second shutout of the season. Cory Schneider allowed three goals on 19 shots in a losing effort for New Jersey.

"It's frustrating to a point, but you've just got to keep plugging away. Everything's not going to go your way and you have to just keep fighting through it," Devils center Stephen Gionta said.

Schneider returned from a lower-body injury on Tuesday to make his first start since Oct. 24, but Martin Brodeur will get the call on Thursday. Brodeur stopped 20-of-21 shots in Saturday's setback and is 48-31-3 with six ties and a 2.41 goals against average against Philadelphia in his career.

The Flyers could turn to Emery in net on Thursday after his shutout performance against the Devils on Saturday. Steve Mason took the loss in Philadelphia's game Tuesday in Carolina, as the Flyers coughed up a lead late in regulation and then fell in overtime after Manny Malhotra scored at 2:40 of the extra session.

Mason made 36 saves for the Flyers in the 2-1 setback, but he couldn't stop Malhotra in OT. After Philadelphia defenseman Mark Streit turned the puck over, Malhotra got behind the defense and charged in on Mason before beating him with a backhander.

The Flyers led 1-0 thanks to Scott Hartnell's first goal of the season with 3:58 left in the third, but Jordan Staal tied the contest with 52.3 seconds remaining in regulation.

Tuesday's loss marked the 13th time in 14 games this season that the Flyers have been held to two goals or less.

"Wins are hard to come by right now," said Mason. "We just have to stay positive and keep working hard."

Claude Giroux is somebody who is trying to stay positive, as the Flyers captain has gone 14 games into the season without scoring a goal.

"We just have to start doing the right things out there," Giroux told the Flyers official website. "If we start doing the right things then good things will happen."

On the injury front, Patrik Elias will miss a third straight game for the Devils due to upper-body soreness, but fellow forward Travis Zajac (ankle) could play after sitting out the past two contests. New Jersey defenseman Peter Harrold also could be back tonight after sitting out the last five games with a lower-body injury.

11/07 10:51:27 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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