Philadelphia lost back-to-back games this past weekend when they fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 3-1 and then traveled to Buffalo, losing against the Sabres, 5-2. The common bond between both contests was the Flyers inability to successfully execute their special teams play.
Against Pittsburgh, the team failed to take advantage of five power play chances and allowed the Penguins to score on two of three man advantages (the second of which came in the closing seconds of the contest on an empty net). While the Flyers managed to score on one of their three power plays against Buffalo, they also allowed the Sabres to score on three of their six power plays.
New Jersey will be entering Tuesday night without having converted on any of its power play chances in its opening game against the New York Islanders on Saturday (they only had two of them). However, the Devils still managed to come away with the victory thanks to a David Clarkson goal in the third period, which ultimately proved to be the game-winner in the 2-1 affair.
The game against Philadelphia will be New Jersey's home-opener and it is expected that the team will do something to honor the club's Eastern Conference championship last season. However, it is not expected to be an elaborate affair, according to Tom Gulitti from The Bergen Record.
As of Tuesday morning, the banner was already seen hanging from the rafters.
The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., ET and will be nationally televised in the United States on NBC Sports Network.