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Flyers Gameday: 11/30/23 vs NJ

November 30, 2023, 2:52 AM ET [252 Comments]
Bill Meltzer
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Update 10:30 AM

Egor Zamula will return to the lineup with Marc Staal scratched. Carter Hart is in net.

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Game 23 Preview: Flyers vs. Devils

Philadelphia Flyers (11-10-1) will host the New Jersey Devils (10-9-1) on Thursday evening. Game time at the Wells Fargo Center is 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Flyers enter this game coming off a 4-1 home loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. A second period breakaway goal by Travis Konecny (12th of the season), off a nice lead pass from Tyson Foerster, temporarily tied the score at 1-1. A turnover by Scott Laughton on a clearing pass attempt and a fluky (and very ill-timed) third period goal given up by Carter Hart on a puck that wedged in his skate and then put in the net by the goalie on an initially harmless shot proved to be the difference. Carolina tacked on an empty net goal for a final three-goal margin.

The Flyers, who are at 9.9 percent on the power play for the season and 0-for-10 in their last four games, spent a portion of Wednesday's practice working on their power play. At even strength, line rushes suggested some tweaking off Tuesday's starting combos but nothing like the "forward lines in a blender" look to the second and third periods of that game.

On the injury front, the Flyers will be without Noah Cates (broken foot suffered on Nov. 25) until mid-to-late January.

Based on Wednesday's practice lines and defense pairs, veteran blueliner Marc Staal -- who has largely struggled in four games since returning from an upper-body injury that kept him out for over a month -- could be a healthy scratch against the Devils. If so, Egor Zamula would return to the lineup. The Flyers will have a 10:30 a.m. ET morning skate at the Flyers Training Center in Voorhees.

The Devils enter this game having won back-to-back games. They came from behind (1-0 and 4-2) to defeat the Islanders, 5-4, on Tuesday. Three unanswered goals by the Devils in the third period swung the final outcome. Akira Schmid won the game in goal in relief of Vitek Vanecek.

New Jersey's win was a costly one as defenseman Dougie Hamilton exited the game in the second period and did not return. The likes of Timo Meier and Erik Haula are also currently dealing with injuries.

The Devils will not hold a morning skate on Thursday. Head coach Lindy Ruff will announce his starting goaltender and any lineup adjustments late in the afternoon. Lineups below will be updated if available prior to gametime.

For an in-depth preview of Thursday's matchup, looking at recent team trends, special teams comparatives and more, see 5 Things on PhiladelphiaFlyers.com when it's posted on Thursday morning.

FLYERS (confirmed)

71 Tyson Foerster - 14 Sean Couturier - 11 Travis Konecny
86 Joel Farabee - 21 Scott Laughton - 89 Cam Atkinson
74 Owen Tippett - 48 Morgan Frost - 10 Bobby Brink
44 Nic Deslauriers - 25 Ryan Poehling - 19 Garnet Hathaway

8 Cam York - 6 Travis Sanheim
24 Nick Seeler - 26 Sean Walker
5 Egor Zamula - 55 Rasmus Ristolainen

79 Carter Hart
[33 Samuel Ersson]

Devils (based on Tuesday's starters, will be updated)

73 Tyler Toffoli - 86 Jack Hughes - 91 Dawson Mercer
18 Ondrej Palat - 13 Nico Hischier - 63 Jesper Bratt
10 Alexander Holtz - 20 Michael McLeod - 42 Curtis Lazar
2 Brendan Smith - 11 Chris Tierney - 14 Nathan Bastian

71 Jonas Siegenthaler - [7 Dougie Hamilton -- injured]
88 Kevin Bahl - 6 John Marino
43 Luke Hughes - 24 Colin Miller

41 Vitek Vanecek
40 Akira Schmid
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