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Get your game notes: Flyers at Devils


Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the New Jersey Devils hosting the Philadelphia Flyers starting at 7:30 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• On Oct. 18, the Devils (0-4-3, 3 pts.) and Flyers (1-7-0, 2 pts.) sat in the bottom two spots in the Eastern Conference; since that date, only three teams in the conference have earned more points than the Flyers.

Since Oct. 18 W-L-OTL Pts.
Penguins 25-11-1 51
Bruins 24-10-2 50
Canadiens 20-12-5 45
Flyers 20-10-4 44

• Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time career leader in wins with 681, will seek his 50th career victory over the Flyers tonight (49-31-9 record). There are 32 instances in NHL history of a goalie having at least 50 wins against a single opponent, including one by Brodeur, who has a 50-28-8 record against the Islanders. (Elias Sports Bureau)

• Only four NHL players have scored more career goals on Martin Brodeur than Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier (15 goals in 43 games), including Brodeur’s teammate, Jaromir Jagr (18 in 65).

19 – Simon Gagne (18 with Philadelphia)
18 – Jagr (0 with Philadelphia), Mike Knuble (13 with Philadelphia)
16 – Eric Lindros (13 with Philadelphia)
15 – Lecavalier (0 with Philadelphia), Alex Kovalev, Martin St. Louis

The only active goalies on whom Lecavalier has scored more goals are Buffalo’s Ryan Miller (16 in 25 games) and Carolina’s Cam Ward (16 in 35). (Elias Sports Bureau)

• After scoring three or more goals in only one of their first 15 games this season, the Flyers have scored 3+ in nine of their last 10 (since Dec. 15). Their 37 goals over that 10-game span are the third-most in the NHL, trailing only St. Louis (39) and Anaheim (38).

• Flyers winger Scott Hartnell enters tonight on a seven-game point streak (3-5=8 points), tied for his career high. Hartnell has faced the Devils more times (45) than any other NHL team in his career, but his 19 points (10-9=19) against New Jersey rank only T-10th.

• The Flyers are tops in the NHL in both penalty minutes for (679) and against (628), while the Devils are 30th in both categories (341 /319). The 1,307 total penalty minutes in 42 Flyers games is almost double (647 minutes) the 660 total minutes charged in 43 Devils games.

• Tonight, the Flyers and Oilers can make NHL history in Newark and St. Louis, respectively. The last three Flyers-Devils and Oilers-Blues meetings have all ended in shutouts by the road team. (See PHI-NJ details below.) No two teams have ever combined to post four straight road shutouts. (Elias Sports Bureau)

April 18, 2013: New Jersey 3, at Philadelphia 0 (Brodeur: 23 saves)
November 2, 2013: Philadelphia 1, at New Jersey 0 (Emery: 14 saves)
November 7, 2013: New Jersey 3, at Philadelphia 0 (Brodeur: 22 saves)

WATCH LIVE: Rangers at Bruins in the ’15 Thanksgiving Showdown

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The Boston Bruins are hosting the New York Rangers in this year’s Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC — but if you’re unable to watch on TV, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

You can watch the game online via NBC Sports’ Live Extra. Coverage begins just prior to puck drop at 1 p.m. ET.

For the Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist will get the start in goal, looking for redemption after he got the hook in his last outing, a 5-1 drubbing against Montreal.

Boston will counter with Tuukka Rask, who stopped 39 of 42 shots in his last start — a win over Toronto on Monday.

While their starting goalie remains the same from the Habs loss, the Blueshirts will make chances elsewhere. On defense, Dylan McIlrath draws in for Dan Boyle while at forward, Emerson Etem with take Viktor Stalberg‘s spot.

For the Bruins, Kevan Miller — the defenseman that’s missed the last four games with an upper-body injury — could draw back into the lineup. Miller practiced this week and appears primed to skate in a pairing with Dennis Seidenberg.

Replacing Beauchemin with Bieksa hasn’t worked out so great for Anaheim

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Are the Anaheim Ducks missing Francois Beauchemin more than they thought they might?

It’s a question we’ve been hearing more and more lately, as the Ducks’ goal-scoring woes of October have been replaced by defensive issues in November.

Anaheim is 3-4-2 in its last nine games. The Ducks have allowed 27 goals in regulation during that stretch — that’s three per game on average — plus two more in a pair of overtime losses.

In a related story, per the O.C. Register, here’s what coach Bruce Boudreau said the other day about offseason acquisition Kevin Bieksa:

“He’s a veteran guy that has to fight his way out of this. We count on him to not make mistakes. We will go as far as guys like him take us.”

Bieksa, 34, is minus-7 in his last four games combined. True, he’s forced to play a lot of hard minutes against good players. But then, that’s exactly what he was brought in to do. The Ducks even gave him a two-year, $8 million extension, locking him up through 2017-18.

Now consider what Boudreau said during last year’s playoff run, about the guy Bieksa was brought in to replace:

“He’s the voice. Everybody else is so young. [He] is the voice back there.”

And Beauchemin was more than just a talker. He led the Ducks in ice time. He had nine assists in 16 playoff games. Bottom line: he was a big part of a team that fell one win shy of making the Stanley Cup Final.

Beauchemin, of course, signed a three-year deal with Colorado on July 1, for a cap hit of $4.5 million. So far, he’s been as advertised for the Avs. The 35-year-old has two goals and 10 assists. He gets the most ice time on the team, an average of 23:33.

Looking back, Anaheim GM Bob Murray never did want to lose Beauchemin. The Ducks just weren’t prepared to offer what the Avs did.

“Beauch’ has been a pretty good warrior for us,” Murray said in June. “He has a one-time chance for free agency and maybe somebody will give him $5 million.… I couldn’t do that.”

One has to wonder now if Murray wishes he’d found a way.

The Ducks host the Blackhawks tonight on NBCSN.

Devils sign veteran Kennedy to one-year, $600K deal

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A second forward has converted a PTO with New Jersey into a shiny new contract.

Tyler Kennedy, who’s on his second professional tryout with the club, has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal worth $600,000 at the NHL level, the Devils announced on Friday.

Kennedy, 29, first caught on with the Devils in the preseason, only to be released in early October. He then rejoined the club on a second PTO in mid-November, and earned himself a deal from GM Ray Shero (previously, the two were together in the Pittsburgh organization).

A former 20-goal scorer with the Pens, Kennedy fell on hard times last year. It began in San Jose — where he never fit in Todd McLellan’s plans — and ended on Long Island, where he sat for over half of the Isles’ opening-round playoff loss to the Caps.

As for where he’ll fit in the Devils lineup?

Kennedy said he’s ready to play tonight — the Devils take on Montreal — and it’s possible Stefan Matteau could be scratched, allowing Kennedy to stpe into a bottom-six forward role.

As for how the Devils will free a roster spot — Jiri Tlusty remains on IR with a shoulder issue, while David Schlemko could be away from the club for a bit, as his wife is due to give birth.

Rangers park Boyle, Stalberg in press box for Thanksgiving Showdown

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I’m not going to make the “it really is Black Friday for Dan Boyle and Viktor Stalberg” joke, but had to recognize it as a semi-viable lede.

So that’s out of the way.

Now, onto the business at hand — per the New York Daily News, Boyle and Stalberg will be scratched today when the Rangers take on the Bruins in the annual Thanksgiving Showdown (1 p.m. ET, NBC). Dylan McIlrath will draw in on defense for Boyle, while Emerson Etem will take Stalberg’s spot up front.

It’s not really surprising Alain Vigneault made some lineup changes.

The Blueshirts’ last outing was arguably their worst of the season — a 5-1 home loss to the Canadiens, a game in which Boyle finished minus-2 and Stalberg played the least among all Rangers skaters, with just 11:20 TOI.

More: Dan Boyle isn’t thrilled with all these healthy scratches

What’s more, McIlrath hasn’t played in nearly two weeks (Nov. 15, versus Toronto). It’s been even longer for Etem — he’s been out of the lineup since a win over the Blues on Nov. 12.

Related: Just a friendly reminder about Friday’s Bruins-Rangers Thanksgiving Showdown, on NBC