Nov 3, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer looks on during the third period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Devils 4-0. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

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New Jersey Devils (3-7-4, 7th/13th) vs Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-1, 8th/15th) – Game 2 of 4 – November 7, 2013

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Tonight, the New Jersey Devils will look to avoid a horrendous 3-game losing streak against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Nov 2, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Flyers player Zac Rinaldo (36) and New Jersey Devils player Anton Volchenkov (28) battle for the puck in the first period of a NHL game at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils will be facing the Flyers for the second time in 6 days. They lost the first matchup 1-0 in front of the Prudential Center crowd in a frustrating loss.

The Devils have been obliterated by injuries so far this season and the positive news is that they are getting three players back for tonight’s game. Anton Volchenkov, Peter Harrold, and Travis Zajac are all ready to play tonight. With Harrold coming back, either Patrik Elias or Jon Merrill will be placed retroactively on IR to open up a roster spot.

The Devils will actually have extras tonight. This is good news considering it seemed like they were in danger of putting out incomplete lines at one point with all the injuries. The two extras will be F Jacob Josefson and D Mark Fayne.

Say what you want about Peter Harrold but maybe he needed rest since he played almost every game before he was hurt and now he might put forth a better effort.

Patrik Elias did not make the trip to Philly along with Jon Merrill, Bryce Salvador, and Ryane Clowe.

Cam Janssen will also be starting coming off of the fresh call-up from AHL Albany. You can definitely take that for what it is. That’s a rant for another day.

Nov 5, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) celebrates his goal during the third period against the Calgary Flames at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Flames 5-1. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils are coming off of an embarrassing loss to the Minnesota Wild in which they lost 4-0 on Sunday. Nino Niederreiter had 3 assists in that game and former New Jersey Devil Zach Parise had 1 assist.

The Flyers are coming off of a crushing 2-1 OT loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Jordan Staal tied up the game at 1 with under a minute to play and Manny Malholtra scored the game-winner in OT.

The Flyers are also a point behind the Devils in the standings despite having one more win than them. The Devils need to capitalize on points available against teams that are lower than them, and they are few and far between, and use them to move up in the standings.

The Devils are tied for 1st in the NHL in overtime losses with 4. The other 4 teams they are tied with are the Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, and Chicago Blackhawks. For a while, it was just the Devils and Senators with that “honor”.

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