New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00pm
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
TV: MSG+2 Radio: WFAN 101.9 fm, 660 am
Goaltender: Martin Brodeur
Some thoughts on tonight's game:
1. Scoring first is key. The Flyers were drubbed 7-0 last night at the hands of the Washington Capitals. You have to expect that they are going to do every possible to leave Prudential Center with a different result. Still, the first goal will be crucial for their morale. If the Devils score first, it'll have the Flyers on their heels, but if Philadelphia lights the lamp quickly, they'll begin to regain some confidence.
2. Don't stoop to the Flyers way - There's no doubt that the Flyers were try to make this a physical affair tonight. They're a team that will take penalties and can muck up a game pretty easily. For the Devils, they need to stay out of the box and not engage the Flyers in their antics. There doesn't need to be a stand-off after every whistle. That just plays into their game.
3. How can Jacob Josefson produce tonight? Josefson steps into the lineup after the ankle injury to Travis Zajac. He'll be centering Dainius Zubrus and Damien Brunner, so he'll have some good players around him. The Swedish center is still looking to solidify his place on this team and there is no doubt that a strong performance tonight would go a long way towards that.
4. Get the power play going - The Devils currently have the 11th ranked power play in the NHL at 21.4%. The Flyers have the 11th ranked penalty kill at 82.7%. When the power play goes, so do the Devils. They'll be without Travis Zajac, but the back end should have a chance to shine once again. Can Marek Zidlicky keep up his hot start? Eric Gelinas is still being evaluated, so a point or two on the power play would go a long way for him.
Prediction: Devils 3, Flyers 2
Everything about this game says that it should be a win for the Devils. The Flyers are reeling and New Jersey has been playing well. Couple in the fact that the Flyers are playing without Vincent Lecavalier and Steve Downie and it should be a win, right?
This one is going to be a close, grind-it-out sort of game. The Devils get a late goal to come away with it, but not before a hard-fought, physical game. You can look at the Flyers like a nest of angry hornets. They got their nest smacked last night and you can guarantee that they're going to come out angry and looking to fight, tonight. As long as the Devils stick to their game and don't let Philadelphia dictate the style of play, New Jersey should do just enough to come away with a win.