Game Day: Flyers / Devils
They threw 43 shots Mason's way , the most shots in a shutout since 1980, a game with the Capitals. With Bobrovsky pulled Mason got a little help from the post on a Carter shot with five seconds left.
He preserved the win denying the Flyers the precious points they need to hold on to the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Missed the game ? Read the recap.
The Flyers will try to shake off their scoring woes from last night as they head to New Jersey to face the alway dangerous Devils (35-36-5).
This is the sixth and final meeting for these teams this season and there will be no playoff matchup as the Devils will fall short in their amazing run to squeak in.
The Devils took the last meeting 3-1 on January 22 in Philly, the Flyers are 3-1-1 this season versus the Devils. After a brutal start which saw the coach replaced the Devils went on a roll going 6-6 in January and 11-2 in the month of February.
They have since cooled off going 5-4-1 in their last ten and are still dangerous as ever, especially with nothing to play for but pride. No game this season has been an easy wins against the Devils for the Flyers and tonight should be no different.
The power play for the Devils is atrocious this season with a 14.5% success rate placing them 27th in the league. The Devils penalty kill is a strong area for them as they are in the 8th spot with an 84% kill rate.
On The Look Out
The Devils have some players that usually shine when they face the Flyers, here are some players to look out for: Patrik Elias always a thorn in the Flyers side - 16G,54pts and one assist in last five games.
Ilya Kovalchuk the Devils big off season acquisition - 28G 54pts and 2G, 1A in last five games. Travis Zajac 13g 42pts and one assist in his last five.
Looks like all these guys are ready to break out, let's hope tonight is not the night they start. May see Boucher in net tonight as Bobrovsky has played the last two and Boucher has been pretty good against the Devils going back to last year's playoffs.
Last night the Flyers had an opportunity to show the fans they have gotten back to their consistent ways but failed to do so when they could not grab two big wins in a row. This is something that they needed to right a couple weeks ago and now with them holding onto first for dear life with just five games remaining it may be just too late.
If they don't finish these last remaining games looking like the team the fans all thought they were at the start of the season, it is unrealistic to think that when the playoffs start the Flyers will wake up. Now with the news of Chris Pronger suffering a setback on his injured hand he will not play the rest of the regular season and is probable to start the playoffs.
You have to expect him to be somewhat rusty when he gets back into the lineup and will take a few games for him to get going again.
There are a lot of ifs and questions heading to the end of this season, the biggest one being who will be the starting goaltender in this years playoffs ? If I had to bet I would say Bobrovsky as he is the better of the two goalies right now.
Things to look for the Flyers to improve on the rest of the way will be the amount of turnovers, power play success, goaltending and defensive zone coverage. Enjoy the ride for now as these questions if not addressed could result in a quick exit from this year's playoffs.
This happens every season to at least one team who was supposed to have a deep run, let's hope it is not the Flyers turn this year.
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