Game 28: New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers
Game Time: 7:00 PM
TV: NHLN-US, MSG+
Radio: 610 AM
Friday night, the New Jersey Devils (13-9-5) will complete their home-and-home series with the Flyers (12-15-1) in Philadelphia. This will be the first time the teams meet at the Wells Fargo Center this season and the fourth of five meetings this year. The Devils have held the advantage at The Rock, going 3-0-0 and outscoring the Flyers 13-5 in those games.
New Jersey Devils
During Wednesday’s game, Johan Hedberg seemed to get some of his confidence back, making some of his biggest saves of the season. Moose calls rained down from the stands as Hedberg kept the Devils tied 1-1 or ahead 2-1 early in the game. The win marked the Devils 3rd win in their last 4 games after dropping 6 in a row and the first win that didn’t require a shootout since the losing streak ended. Despite David Clarkson still struggling to find the back of the net (he’s been held goal-less since the Devils met the Flyers on February 15), Ilya Kovalchuk and Adam Henrique have picked up the slack. They’ve been especially deadly while short-handed, with the pair accounting for 6 of the team’s 8 short-handed goals. Patrik Elias has continued to prove his worth to the team, as well, registering 27 points (9G-18A) on the season.
The Flyers have been struggling as of late, dropping 4 of their last 5 games, and being outscored 19-11 in the skid. While many people may pin the blame at Ilya Bryzgalov, their defense has been a very big weak spot for the team. The defense has had trouble containing the play in the offensive zone, and was burned for it a couple of times on Wednesday (most noticeably on Kovalchuk’s short-handed goal). The one silver lining for the Flyers this season has been their power-play, which is currently 6th in the NHL at 23.3%. The first goal by the Flyers on Wednesday night was scored on the power-play, but were not allowed to score again on the man advantage.
What to Watch For
The Devils offense will look to pick up where they left off after Wednesday’s outburst. The past two times the Devils and Flyers met, the Devils were able to net 5 goals in each game, the only times they’ve done that this season. Hedberg will also be looking to continue his strong play, and should have the confidence to do it after his last performance. From the Flyers, expect a very passionate, hard-fought game. They’re currently 11th in the Eastern Conference, and desperately need points to keep their names in the playoff hunt. This game will start the final 20 games for the Flyers, and they’ll need as many points as they can get. Expect the Flyers to start the game just as the ended the game in Newark: borderline dirty at times and taking risks to get the offense clicking. The Devils will look to score early to put some more doubt into the Flyers’ minds and take the crowd out of the game.
Posted on March 15, 2013, in Devils Army, Devils Army Generals, Game Preview, New Jersey Devils, NHL and tagged Adam Henrique, David Clarkson, Ilya Bryzgalov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Johan Hedberg, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.