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Flyers at Devils: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers at Devils: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

NEWARK, N.J. — It’s the debut of Cam Talbot Friday night in New Jersey, as the Flyers (30-26-8, 68 points) face the Devils (25-31-8, 58 points) in the fourth and final meeting between the teams this season.

Talbot will be the fourth different goaltender to make his Flyers debut this season, joining Calvin Pickard, Carter Hart and Mike McKenna. 

Hart and Pickard both won their first starts, while McKenna came up on the short end of a 5-3 loss to Washington on Jan. 8. 

Let's take a look at tonight's essentials:

• When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
• Where: Prudential Center
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

 Talbot also becomes the eighth different goaltender to play and start in a game for the Flyers this season, establishing a new NHL record.

I don’t know if it’s something that you really want to be part of as a goalie or not. Here we are, and apparently this is going to set some kind of record. I’ve missed maybe nine games in my NHL career. I haven’t missed a whole lot. I try to do a little bit every day, whether it’s maintenance work or lifts. I focus on making sure I’m warmed up and activated and all off that stuff before I get on the ice.

- Talbot

• Flyers interim head coach Scott Gordon was the sixth goaltender used for the 1989-90 Quebec Nordiques, the last team prior to the 2018-19 Flyers to employ seven different goaltenders in a single season.  

• The Flyers just completed their most successful month of the season with an 8-3-2 record in February. The Flyers have improved their point total every month this season: 10-12-13-15-18.

Thursday night's 4-3 overtime loss in Columbus was the first of seven straight games against Metropolitan divisional opponents for the Flyers. Not taking care of business within the Metro is a big reason why the Flyers are six points back of a playoff spot. The Flyers are 6-9-2 against divisional opponents — the worst mark of the eight divisional teams.  

• With two more goals Thursday night in Columbus, Travis Sanheim now leads all Flyers defensemen with eight goals and has racked up 12 points over his last 14 games.

• Forward Jakub Voracek brings a three-game goal streak into New Jersey, with six points during that stretch. The Flyers' winger is two goals shy of his sixth 20-goal season — all with the Flyers.

• The Flyers are facing a top-five penalty kill for the third consecutive game. They were 0 for 2 against the fifth-ranked Sabres and 1 for 2 against the fourth-ranked Blue Jackets. The Devils come into this game ranked third in the NHL, but have allowed a power-play goal in four of their last seven games. 

• The Devils have the most lopsided home/road record split of any team in the NHL. New Jersey owns a 17-11-5 mark at the Prudential Center (39 points) compared to a 8-20-3 record (19 points) away from Newark.

New Jersey will also wear their special Heritage sweaters for the final time this season. Trimmed in green, the uniform was worn by the Devils from 1982-1992 after the team moved from Denver, Colorado. The Devils are 0-3-0 wearing the commemorative sweater. 

Projected lineup

Forwards
Claude Giroux-Nolan Patrick-Travis Konecny
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Jakub Voracek
James van Riemsdyk-Scott Laughton-Ryan Hartman
Michael Raffl-Corban Knight-Phil Varone

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas
Shayne Gostisbehere-Philippe Myers

Goalies
Cam Talbot
Brian Elliott

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Toughest player he has faced? Joel Farabee has shown he's ready for his answers

Toughest player he has faced? Joel Farabee has shown he's ready for his answers

Joel Farabee was 5 years old when Sidney Crosby made his NHL debut.

One would understand if Farabee was nervous playing against the two-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner and three-time Stanley Cup champion for the first time as a teenage rookie in the NHL.

But Farabee has more than held his own against some of the league's biggest stars, which says a lot about the Flyers' 2018 first-round pick who just turned 20 years old in February.

“Wow, there are a lot of good players in the NHL," Farabee said Monday on NBC Sports Philadelphia's Flyers Talk podcast when asked who was the toughest player he has faced in 2019-20. "Just playing against Sidney Crosby a few times was really cool, I think he had a few points in both the games that I played in. You could see him in warmups and stuff like that, how focused he is and he’s such a good player, he sees the ice so well.

“Another player I’d say is Nathan MacKinnon, how good he is, how fast of a skater he is. Those are two guys I definitely get excited playing against just because of how good they are. I enjoy being on the ice with them.”

When the Flyers beat the Penguins, 3-0, on Jan. 21, Farabee played on a line with Sean Couturier and Jakub Voracek. That trio faced Crosby's line a bunch and No. 87 went scoreless as the Flyers shut out Pittsburgh.

The Flyers had no fear putting Farabee in such a situation. He also played on the same line Feb. 1, when the Flyers held MacKinnon to no points in a 6-3 win over the Avalanche.

In five combined games against the Penguins and Avalanche, Farabee has put up four points (two goals, two assists) — and his role grew with each matchup.

The path to his NHL dream prepared Farabee for those moments.

“Leaving to go to prep school at 14 I think it was, it was definitely totally different, I had never really lived away from home," Farabee said. "Being able to live away from home, play on a team really helped me out, it forced myself to rely on teammates. I think when I was really young, I was a really shy kid, didn’t really want to talk to people because I was so shy. Being away from home really taught me how to be an adult and how to grow up outside of hockey more or less playing hockey.”

And at 20 years old, Farabee is just getting started for the Flyers.

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Flyers Talk podcast: Joel Farabee joins the crew to talk all things Flyers

Flyers Talk podcast: Joel Farabee joins the crew to talk all things Flyers

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall are joined by special guest Joel Farabee.

From how Farabee is staying busy during the NHL hiatus to his bond with teammates, let's dive in:

1:30 — The Flyers' regular season would have finished by now

4:20 — Neutral site playoff games at smaller venues?

7:00 — More teams in the playoffs makes a lot of sense

13:35 — Farabee back home in upstate New York

15:00 — Cooking during the quarantine and life in the NHL

16:50 — Michael Raffl's haircut!

17:25 — Farabee "carrying" his teammates on Xbox

18:30 — Playing under a coach like Alain Vigneault

20:20 — Leaving home at 14 to pursue an NHL career

21:25 — Toughest players to compete against and the NHL adjustment

22:45 — Favorite road trip of the season

• 23:20 — Growing up a Philly sports fan

• 24:00 — Staying in shape during the stoppage

• 25:35 — Great to hear Flyers players in good spirits 

• 27:35 — An example of Emmer's Minnesota roots

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