Philadelphia Flyers (21-17-4) at New Jersey Devils (17-18-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 7, 2014, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: New Jersey Devils -116 / Philadelphia Flyers +105 --- Over/Under: 5
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After a frustrating 2-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche the Philadelphia Flyers bounced back nicely on Saturday night in Phoenix. After a scoreless opening period things got wild with five goals beind scored in the second, leaving the Flyers trailing by a score of 3-2. Scott Hartnell's ninth goal of the year cut a 2-0 deficit in half and Brayden Schenn's 10th of the season made it 3-2 after the Coyotes had regained their two goal lead. Philadelphia came out in the third period and seized control of the game, tying the score on Wayne Simmonds' 14th of the season and then taking the lead on a Jakub Voracek goal. Claude Giroux would seal the 5-3 victory with an empty net goal that lifted the Flyers to their fifth win in their last season hockey games. The Flyers have found a very good mix of playing the defensive style that Craig Berube likes while not letting it limit their offensive talent. It took Philadelphia a little while to get to that point but now that they have they have made up ground in the Metropolitan Division standings very quickly. The Flyers will have a great opportunity to start putting some separation between themselves and some other teams when they travel to the Prudential Center to take on the Devils on Friday night. New Jersey's jekyll and hyde season continues to roll along as it has all season long and that's not a good thing for head coach Peter Deboer. The Devils have now lost four of their last six games and just placed forward Patrik Elias on injured reserve with an upper body injury. That's not good news for a club that is really struggling to score goals and that's what ultimately cost them again on Saturday night in Buffalo against the Sabres. Trailing 1-0 midway through the third period the Devils got a goal from Michael Ryder, his 13th of the season, to even the score at 1-1. A few minutes later though after a Dainius Zubrus interference call the Devils allowed a power play goal that sent them to a 2-1 defeat. New Jersey managed just 22 shots on goal in the game and they now rank dead last in the National Hockey League, averaging 25.3 per game. Your offense isn't going to get better if you can't generate more opportunitie and the Devils have shown nothing to this point that makes us think that this is correctable moving forward. Their defense first mentality and goaltending have kept them in most games but it's hard to see them going very far if their offense can't figure out a way to chip in more and help take some pressure off the back end. Philadelphia is playing really well right now and if they can get a couple of goals against the Devils they should be able to take this one. New Jersey typically plays the Flyers well on home ice so this should be a good on on Tuesday night.