New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00pm
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: MSG+ Radio: WFAN 101.9 fm, 660 am
Goaltender: Martin Brodeur
Some thoughts on tonight's game:
1) Solve Ray Emery. For some reason, the Devils haven't been able to figure out this netminder. His career numbers vs. NJ include a 6-3-2 mark with a 1.90 GAA, .931 SV% and two shutouts.
2) Take the zero off the board. The Devils have been blanked a league-high eight times since the beginning of April. 149:06 is the amount of game time that has passed since the New Jersey Devils scored their last goal. Coincidentally enough, a lot of that time has come with Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac on the sidelines. Zajac is back tonight and hopefully that makes all four lines a bit more comfortable. In fact, Zajac loves playing against the Flyers. In 39 career games, he has 27 points.
3) Expect a low scoring game again. These are essentially the worst teams in the league at scoring hockey goals. The Flyers are ranked 30th at 1.57 goals per game, while the Devils check in at 28th with just 1.86 goals per contest. It was 1-0 on Saturday. I don't think it would shock anyone if that is the same final score for tonight.
Prediction: Devils 3 Flyers 1
I can't see them losing to the Flyers for a second time in such a short span. Even if it's tough to consider the Devils a good hockey team, one would have to figure Pete DeBoer has made the on-ice adjustments necessary to square off against a team they just saw. I see the Devils jumping out to a 2-0 lead early in the game. The Flyers will play a tough game though and make it 2-1 before Jersey puts in an empty netter.
Let's call it 3-1, New Jersey.
Enjoy the game everyone.