The Philadelphia Flyers haven't lost at home in two months, and now their play on the road is starting to catch up.
This has already been a successful six-game trip for the Flyers, who look to finish it with five wins Tuesday night against the New Jersey Devils.
While Philadelphia (21-17-4) beat Minnesota on Dec. 23 for its ninth straight home victory, it had lost five in a row on the road when it opened this trek Dec. 28 in Edmonton. The Flyers, though, posted a 4-3 shootout win over the Oilers and had the exact same result in Vancouver two nights later before making it four in a row overall with a 4-1 win against Calgary last Tuesday.
They started the new year with a 2-1 loss Thursday to Colorado but scored four unanswered goals en route to a 5-3 victory over Phoenix on Saturday. Jakub Voracek tallied the winner with 8:08 remaining after assisting on Wayne Simmonds' tying goal earlier in the final period.
"I thought this trip changed our road mentality a little bit," coach Craig Berube said. "We discussed and talked about a lot of the little things we have to do on the road to win hockey games."
Simmonds is one of several Flyers producing offensively of late, with nine goals and four assists over his last nine games.
"So far so good, but we have one more game on this trip," Simmonds told the team's official website. "We can't be satisfied. We can't relax here at all. We got to make sure we're ready for that game in New Jersey."
Captain Claude Giroux has seven goals and 18 points in his past 12 contests, while Scott Hartnell has three goals and five assists during a seven-game point streak.
Steve Mason has been in net for three of four wins on this trip and is 7-1-1 with 2.50 goals-against average in his last nine starts. Mason, however, is 0-3-0 with a 3.68 GAA lifetime against the Devils.
Backup Ray Emery needed to make only 14 saves in a 1-0 win at New Jersey on Nov. 2, ending Philadelphia's four-game skid there. He stopped 22 of 24 shots five days later in a 3-0 home loss in the teams' most recent meeting.
The Devils (17-18-8) are coming off their second straight regulation loss, 2-1 at league-worst Buffalo on Saturday.
Most disappointing for New Jersey was one of the league's best penalty-killing units giving up two power-play goals to a Sabres team that entered 1 for 22 on the man advantage in the previous seven games and ranked 29th in the NHL.
Michael Ryder tied Jaromir Jagr for the team lead with his 13th goal in the loss. Jagr has one point in his last six games after totaling 11 during a seven-game point streak.
Jagr leads the team with 34 points, nine ahead of second-place Patrik Elias, who has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.
Cory Schneider was the tough-luck loser Saturday and dropped to 1-4-2 with a 2.83 GAA in his last seven starts.
Martin Brodeur seems likely to be between the pipes Tuesday, having recorded shutouts in three of his last five starts against the Flyers. He's 4-1-0 with a .966 save percentage in those games, and 4-1-1 with a 2.13 GAA in his past six overall despite allowing a season high-tying five goals in Friday's 5-3 loss to Chicago.
The Devils are 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings.
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