Jan 4, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Michael Ryder (17) scores a goal during the third period on Buffalo Sabres goalie Ryan Miller (30) at First Niagara Center. Buffalo beats New Jersey 2 to 1. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers


New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers – Game 3 of 4 – January 7, 2014

Devils (17-18-8) TV – None
Flyers (21-17-4) TV – CN8PHI
National TV – NBCSN

The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers will meet for the last time at the Prudential Center this season in a crucial Metropolitan Division matchup. The road team has won both matchups this season with the Flyers winning 1-0 in the first meeting in Newark and the Devils winning 3-0 at the Wells Fargo Center.

Jan 3, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur (30) gives up a goal to Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad (20) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the New Jersey Devils 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Brodeur, tonight’s starter, has started both games against the Flyers this season. Despite having a 1-1-0 record, he has stopped 42 shots and only given up 1 goal. His stats against the Flyers are only topped by his two starts against the Tampa Bay Lightning and his one shutout against the Nashville Predators.

Brodeur has a 0.50 GAA and a .977 save percentage against Philly this season. He has also fared well at home this season going 6-4-2 with a 1.74 goals against average and a .926 save percentage.

Jaromir Jagr, Cam Janssen, and Adam Henrique scored the three goals from the second game and all 3 goals in the series for the Devils.

Brayden Schenn scored the only Flyer goal in the series to this point.

The Devils will also look to score the first home goal in the series for either team.

The Flyers are tied for 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division with the Washington Capitals at 46 points. The Devils sit currently in a tie for 6th place in the Wild Card race at 42 points with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs sit in the first and second Wild Card spots respectively.

Other games that will impact the Devils:

  • Carolina Hurricanes @ Buffalo Sabres – This game would have mattered if the city of Buffalo wasn’t trying to be Antarctica right now. The game has been postponed.
  • New York Islanders @ Toronto Maple Leafs – The aforementioned Maple Leafs sit in the second Wild Card spot, 5 points ahead of the Devils. The game can be found on TSN tonight.

 

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