New Jersey Devils (35-29-18) at Philadelphia Flyers (42-30-10)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 9, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Philadelphia Flyers -137 / New Jersey Devils +124 --- Over/Under: 5
The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers will play Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center.
This will be the first game of the season for the New Jersey Devils, a team that’s come up short of the playoffs in two straight seasons. For the first time since 1990, the Devils begin a season without goalie Martin Brodeur, as Cory Schneider will be the one who has to fill the big shoes. Schneider played in 45 games last season and had a save percentage of .921 and pitched three shutouts. Offensively, the Devils have to find more consistent offense than a 42-year-old Jaromir Jagr. Sure, Jagr’s season last year was incredible given his age but him and Adam Henrique were the only two players on the team who scored more than 18 goals. Hopefully the signing of Mike Cammalleri can help the New Jersey Devils, the team that scored the fewest goals in the league last season.
The Philadelphia Flyers went toe-to-toe Wednesday night with the Boston Bruins before losing in the final minutes, 2-1. The Flyers struggled on the defensive end, allowing 33 shots on goal, but goalie Steve Mason pretty much stood on his head by blocking 31 of those shots. Zac Rinaldo was the most aggressive offensive player for Philadelphia with four shots on goal and Sean Couturier was able to find the net in the third period to make the game interesting till the very end. The Flyers have to take better advantage of the power play, as they were 0-3 in the loss and they lost the faceoff battle 36-25. The Flyers have to feel good about going into Boston and competing, but they also have a lot they can improve on to turn moral victories into actual victories.
The Devils are 5-2 in their last 7 games playing on 3 or more days rest and 16-41 in their last 57 road games. The Flyers are 9-4 in their last 13 games playing on 0 days rest and 24-11 in their last 35 home games. The Devils are 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Philadelphia and 10-3 in the last 13 meetings overall.
The Flyers showed a lot of fight in their game against the Bruins. You have to think that will carry over with their first game at home.