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Devils aim to extend win streak vs. frustrated Flyers

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New Jersey Devils try to stretch their winning streak to three straight games on Saturday night as they play host to the rival Philadelphia Flyers.

The Devils have won consecutive games for the first time since April 23-25 of last season and both wins have come with veteran Martin Brodeur in net.

Cory Schneider, acquired from the Vancouver Canucks this offseason, has missed the past two contests with a lower-body injury.

Brodeur and fellow veteran Jaromir Jagr helped the Devils to a 2-1 triumph over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. Brodeur made 16 saves and Jagr was credited with the game-winner.

It marked Jagr's 119th career game-winning goal, the most by an NHL player in the expansion era (1967-68), as he surpassed Phil Esposito's 118.

Gordie Howe owns the all-time record with 121 game-winning goals.

"I was watching (Esposito) in 1972. I wasn't watching it live because I was just born, but I was watching the tapes. He was the man back then," said Jagr with a smile, adding he didn't know he broke the record until after the game.

"At least I got one record. (Wayne) Gretzky got all the other ones. But it's a big accomplishment. You have to be pretty lucky to score at the right time. That's the way I think my body is built where I don't get tired, so I scored a lot of goals in the third period. That's why I have so many game-winners."

Adam Henrique scored shorthanded for the Devils, who haven't won three straight since a five-game run from Feb. 3-10.

Brodeur made back-to-back starts for the first time this season and is expected to start again tonight. He won all three of his outings versus the Flyers last season, posting a 1.00 goals against average and two shutouts while stopping 72-of-75 shots faced.

Schneider returned to practice on Thursday and could back up Brodeur tonight. He could also get a start on Sunday when the Devils visit the Minnesota Wild and former captain Zach Parise.

New Jersey will play host to a frustrated Philadelphia club that was pounded 7-0 at home by the Washington Capitals Friday night.

The Flyers were routed by a Caps club missing an injured Alex Ovechkin and Philadelphia came out of the game embarrassed and injured. Vincent Lecavalier sustained facial injuries during a third-period fight and is day-to-day, while the recently-acquired Steve Downie suffered a concussion as the result of his second-period scrap.

Lecavalier's fight came during a melee eight seconds after Washington made it 7-0. Wayne Simmonds started the brawl with a big hit that led to him tangling with Tom Wilson, while Brayden Schenn also fought.

Goaltender Ray Emery, who relieved Steve Mason after he gave up his third goal of the game during the second period, skated the length of the ice to fight Washington goaltender Braden Holtby, a reluctant opponent.

"He didn't want a fight, but I said basically 'protect yourself,'" Emery stated. "He didn't really have much of a choice."

Philadelphia ended with 99 penalty minutes, its highest single-game total since a franchise-record 213 versus Ottawa on March 5, 2004. But it also cost them two players to injury as well as a sixth loss in eight games.

"It can't get a whole lot lower, can it?" Flyers coach Craig Berube said.

As for tonight's game, Mason is 0-3-0 with a 3.68 GAA in his career versus the Devils, while Emery is a solid 5-3-2 with a 2.08 GAA in 10 meetings.

The Devils won four of five versus the Flyers last year, winning all three at home, and have taken seven of the past 10 encounters overall. That includes four straight victories in New Jersey.

11/02 11:06:30 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
 
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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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