The Flyers will try to prevent the surging New Jersey Devils from achieving a historic victory tonight at the Wachovia Center.
With a win, the Devils would equal an NHL record with 10 straight road victories to start a season. The mark was set by the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres, who finished 53-22-7.
"It's not something we want to talk about," said Flyers center Danny Briere, who was on that Sabres team, "but, yeah, we know what's going on. There's always that rivalry with them, and it shouldn't be hard to get pumped up for that game."
Devils goalie Martin Brodeur is also chasing history. He needs one shutout to tie Terry Sawchuk's league record of 103.
"We just know it's going to be a tough game going to Philadelphia," high-scoring Devils left winger Zach Parise told the Newark Star-Ledger. "There is no talk of records."
Overall, the Devils (14-4) have won eight in a row. They are winning despite missing four injured regulars: forwards Rob Niedermayer and Jay Pandolfo and defensemen Paul Martin and Johnny Oduya.
The Flyers (10-5-1) scored a 5-2 win at New Jersey Oct. 3 in the teams' only meeting this season.
"Anytime you play New Jersey, it's a challenge," Briere said. "We matched up well in their building earlier, but now they're rolling, and it seems they're playing a lot better."
"They're probably the most patient team in the league, defensively," Flyers coach John Stevens said. "They'll wait you out right until the 60th minute to beat you, and they're very good at it."
Brodeur, 37, has recovered since allowing five goals against the Flyers in the Devils' opener. He is 12-4 with a 2.16 goals-against average and .921 save percentage.
"They're very confident playing in their own end," Stevens said. "They always have people back. They don't give you a lot of opportunities. We're going to have to show some patience and determination, because you're not going to get the wide-open chances you get against other teams."
Before tonight's game, Dave "The Hammer" Schultz will be inducted into the Flyers' Hall of Fame during a ceremony at 6:45.
"I don't think I can grasp it all yet," he said. "I mean, I have to a certain extent, that I will forever be in the Flyers organization. That's what it means, right? So it is very special."
Schultz was the top enforcer on the Flyers teams that won Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975.
"I think the Philadelphia Flyers had an impact on the sport because we were the first expansion team to win a Cup, and we won it twice - almost won it three times - and I was just a small part of that," he said.
Added Schultz with a smile: "A lot of my teammates started all these brawls, which I didn't agree with. I thought one-on-one would be fine, but we got a lot of attention. We were a tough team, and there were a bunch of us. I mean, 'The Hound,' Bob Kelly, he was my man, and [Andre Dupont]. We all played tough, so we were a good hockey club, and that's the key. We were never intimidated."
Breakaways. James van Riemsdyk, the impressive rookie left winger, who missed Saturday's 3-2 loss to Buffalo because of the flu, was making progress, and there was a good chance he'll play tonight, Stevens said. . . . Defenseman Chris Pronger has a six-game point streak, recording seven assists and nine points. . . . Jeff Carter, who leads the Flyers with 19 points, has recorded points in five of his last six games (three goals, six assists). . . . Kimmo Timonen's assist against Buffalo was his 400th NHL point.