Game Day Preview: Flyers / Devils
The Philadelphia Flyers (1-0-0) will travel up the New Jersey Turnpike to face the New Jersey Devils (0-0-0) at 7:00 pm EST at the Prudential Center in Newark. They will try once again to ruin a teams home opener as they did in Boston Last night with a 2-1 win, on the night of their Stanley Cup Banner celebration. (See Mark Trible's recap)
For the Devils, tonight is not just any ordinary home opener, this will be their first game of the season with a new coach (Peter DeBoer) and new Captain (Zach Parise).
Both of these teams will need to make sure their EZ Pass toll devices are all paid up, as this is first of six meetings between these two teams this season. The Flyers are 26-55-6 in New Jersey and 73-87-15 overall and have lost their last two games played versus the Devils, one at home and one on the road.
With the upbeat style of the Devils coach and a revamped Flyers team who finally has a goaltender, look for a much faster paced game than these teams are a custom to playing against one and other.
In The Nets
The probable starting goaltenders:
Ilya Bryzgalov will most likely be in the nets for the orange and black tonight looking for a repeat of his game one performance. Bryzgalov played a solid game on Thursday night in Boston surrendering one goal on 23 shots bailing his team out as they build chemistry. Bryzgalov brings a calmness that has been absent from this team for some time now, you can feel and see the difference from last season.
The Devils will go with the veteran Martin Brodeur tonight which is not shocking. Brodeur had a record of 23-6-3 with a 2.45 GAA and a 903 SV%. He also finished the season with six shutouts. Brodeur got off to a slow start last season as did his team. Brodeur and the Devils finished the season off strong, going 28-10-3 down the stretch.
It will take a while for this Flyers team to gel and look much smoother on the ice. They looked a little slow in the first period in Boston, that could have been a direct result of the painfully long ceremony.
Could not believe what transpired there with all the guest speakers, and the real kicker was when two people manually raised the banner with pulley's, like they probably did the last time they won. It was brutal. Link
The Flyers need to be more disciplined tonight and avoid taking lazy penalties, especially behind the play and while back checking . Briere, Rinaldo, and Simmonds took a few bad ones in Boston. They will also need to work on their faceoffs as they were beaten 33-15 on Thursday night.
This is something that will need more attention as puck possession is helps control the game and it starts in the faceoff circle. The only other area that needs some attention is in the hitting department.
The Flyers were hitting on Thursday night but it just seemed their checks it don't have any power behind them. It seemed that Boston was laying harder checks and making their hits count.
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