With the 2013-14 season looming closer, we’ll be taking a look at the new and old Division match-ups in the new formed Metropolitan Division in this weekly blog. This week we take a look at a team that the Devils have a long and storied history with, the 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.
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.
Three Stars of the Game:
3rd Star: Andrei Loktionov (1 G, 1 A)
2nd Star: Johan Hedberg (2 GA, 23 Saves)
1st Star: Adam Henrique (2 G, 1 A)
The Devils (13-9-5) picked up their 30th and 31st points of the season against an old rival, the Philadelphia Flyers (12-15-1), in the first half of a home-and-home series. The win gives the Devils their first consecutive wins since ending their 5-game winning streak in mid-February, and is the first time the Devils scored more than 3 goals since they last played the Flyers on February 15.
(headline by @jmanagh08)
Honorable mention headlines:
“Up and Adam” (@NoQualms11)
Three stars of the game:
3rd star: Zach Parise (Assist, 4 shots)
2nd star: David Clarkson (Goal, 3 shots)
1st star: Ilya Bryzgalov (31 saves)
One thing we’ve learned about the Devils so far in the playoffs is that they’re going to respond to adversity with resilience. They responded to a difficult loss in Game 3 against Florida with a 4-0 shutout win in Game 4, they then responded to a shutout loss in Game 5 by winning Game 6 in overtime and then surviving Florida’s heroic third period comeback in Game 7 when Adam Henrique won the game in double-overtime. They faced another challenge after Game 1. Not only did they drop the game in overtime, they lost their leading point and goal scorer for Game 2, as Ilya Kovalchuk battles an apparent lower-body injury. Once again, the Devils battled their way to a 4-1 victory over the Flyers in Game 2 to even the best-of-seven Conference Semifinals with Philadelphia.