Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils
Tip-off: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
The Philadelphia Flyers‘ 2011-12 NHL season came to an end with four consecutive playoff losses to the New Jersey Devils. YouWager experts consider that the Flyers’ losing ways — and lack of scoring that has followed them around in that series – has extended into this season.
Tonight, Philadelphia will try put an end to these trends when they visit New Jersey in the teams’ first meeting since their second-round playoff matchup.
The Flyers were able to score three goals in falling versus the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres to open the season. Philadelphia was outscored 3-0 in the third period of a 5-2 loss against Buffalo on Sunday, getting outshot 41-29, and also had two goals disallowed.
Philadelphia was not able to do that in the postseason, only scoring seven goals in dropping the final four games versus New Jersey after knocking off Pittsburgh in the first round.
In addition to their inability to score, the Flyers’ penalty killing worries their online sports wagering fans. After allowing the Penguins to score twice on three power-play chances, Philadelphia gave up three more on the Sabres’ six chances.
Bettors still consider it’s very likely that Philadelphia will have to get that first win away from home, as Sunday’s NHL game began a stretch of six of seven away from home.
The Devils got 2012-13 off to a good start with a 2-1 road win over the New York Islanders on Saturday. David Clarkson’s goal at 8:17 of the third period was the winner and Travis Zajac also scored.
Martin Brodeur stopped 18 shots Saturday to increase his league victories record to 657, but he hasn’t posted many wins versus Philadelphia in the regular season lately. The 40 year-old did a good job in last season’s playoff matchup, recording a 2.05 goals-against average, but he’s gone 3-10-2 with a 2.94 GAA in his last 15 regular-season starts against the Flyers.
Philadelphia’s Ilya Bryzgalov is 4-1-0 with a 1.40 GAA in five regular-season starts versus New Jersey, posting shutouts in two of the last three, but he’s given up six goals this hockey season.
Center Claude Giroux had four goals and three assists as the Flyers took the regular-season series with the Devils 3-2-1. New Jersey’s Ilya Kovalchuk recorded 15 points in 10 total games versus Philadelphia in 2011-12.