Game 43: New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers
Game Time: 7:30 PM
TV: TSN, NBCSN, MSG+
Radio: 1130 AM
Thursday night, your New Jersey Devils (15-17-10) will look to finally snap a 10-game losing streak as they travel to Philly to take on the Flyers (19-21-3) for the fifth and final time this season. The Devils have gone 0-6-4 in their past ten, virtually knocking them out of the 2013 playoff race. The Flyers, on the other hand, have gone 6-4-0 in their past 10, moving one point ahead of the Devils in the standings as they try to piece together a season that got off to a rocky start for the Philadelphia team.
New Jersey Devils
The past few games for the Devils have been some of the most frustrating for the team and fans. They’ve outshot their past two opponents (Toronto and Ottawa) by a total of 65-24, but lost both games by a score of 2-0. It’s the first time this season the Devils have been shutout for two consecutive games. The last time the Devils won? March 23, in a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers at the Prudential Center, when Ilya Kovalchuk went down with a shoulder injury, and Martin Brodeur got his 666th career win. Ilya Kovalchuk will miss Thursday’s game in Philadelphia, his 11th consecutive game missed. Kovalchuk was seen practicing with the team on a line with Zubrus and Henrique, but was told by DeBoer that he would not be making the trip to Philadelphia with the team. On top of that, Bryce Salvador’s right wrist was injured by Zdeno Chara’s slapshot last week, and he has yet to return to the team. Anton Volchenkov will also be serving the second game of his 2-game suspension for his hit on Brad Marchand. Alex Urbom, the young Swedish defenseman, was called up from Albany on Wednesday, but wasn’t told what his role (if any) would be on Thursday.
The Flyers are coming off two big wins, hoping to see their season turn around in the finals stages of the shortened season. The Flyers stomped the Northeast Division leading Montreal Canadiens 7-3 on Monday night, and followed it up with a strong 4-2 win over their longtime rivals, the New York Rangers. The Flyers have started rotating goalies, with Bryzgalov starting in net on Monday, and Steve Mason starting on Tuesday. The two wins came after a 4-game losing streak, where they dropped games to the Jets, Islanders, Senators, and Sabres, which came after a 4-game winning streak. Because of this, it’s tough to say what Flyers team will show up on Thursday.
What to Watch For
You can’t ask much more from the Devils with the way they’ve been playing as of late. The effort has been there for the team in their past few games, but they haven’t managed to score. The Devils offense hasn’t gotten a single break in the past week, and they’ll be looking for their luck to change against the Flyers. On the season, the Devils have a good record against the Flyers, going 3-0-1 and outscoring the Flyers 14-6 in those games. The Flyers will look to exact some revenge on the Devils, but will need their goaltender to continue playing well in order to win. Expect the Devils to put together another strong offensive effort on Thursday night, let’s just hope that they can catch some breaks.
Posted on April 18, 2013, in Devils Army, Devils Army Generals, Game Preview, New Jersey Devils, NHL and tagged Alexander Urbom, Anton Volchenkov, Bryce Salvador, dainius zubrus, Ilya Bryzgalov, Ilya Kovalchuk, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.