A 4-1 Western swing has allowed the Flyers to continue their climb up from the bottom of the Metropolitan Division's standings. While the Pittsburgh Penguins (63 points) remain at the top of the Met and represent the class of the Eastern Conference overall, Philadelphia's second-place ranking behind them is rather remarkable when considering its rough seasonal start.
The unbelievable hockey machine that is Jaromir Jagr has continued humming this season. Number 68, who first stepped onto an NHL rink in 1990, hasn't missed a game (43) and leads the Devils in scoring with 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists).
Jagr, who will turn 42 on February 15, currently ranks eighth all-time in National Hockey League history in points scored (1,722), is tied for seventh all-time with Mark Messier in goals (694) and ranks eleventh all-time in assists (1,028). The former Flyer has scored 41 of his goals and recorded 108 of his total points in 88 career games against the orange and black.
Meanwhile, backstopping Jagr's efforts is the equally ageless Martin Brodeur. The fellow one-hundred percent certain future Hall of Famer, who will turn 42 on May 6, leads the Devils in starts (24) this season. 'Marty' (12-9-3, .903 save percentage, 2.36 GAA) has recorded three shutouts through early January. That puts his already legendary career total at 124, which is 21 more than the incredible Terry Sawchuk posted.
The Devils enter play with 42 points, which puts them in a sixth-place tie with the Columbus Blue Jackets in a very tight Division.