Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils
Tip-off: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – 7:30 PM ET
Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Now that Martin Brodeur is out, the New Jersey Devils have had to deal with a lot of difficulties. Nevertheless, YouWager experts consider there’ve two great performances by his backup have them hoping they’re on the verge of bring things back to normal.
The Philadelphia Flyers would like things to bounce back after breaking a three-game losing streak their last time out.
The Devils host the Flyers tonight in the opener of a home-and-home series, with New Jersey will try to extend their recent domination of the series.
The Devils (12-9-5) have lost seven of nine since Brodeur began to suffer from back soreness during warmups Feb. 24. New Jersey has yielded 3.8 goals per game in that stretch compared to 2.2 in the first 17 — 13 of which were played in by Brodeur.
Johan Hedberg has replaced Brodeur and has had his set of problems, posting an .855 save percentage in eight starts since the injury and getting pulled twice in that span.
Even so, online sports betting fans consider his helped his team to 3-2 shootout victories in two of the last three games. The 39 year-old’s stopped 46 of 50 shots in those contests and denied all three shootout attempts in a victory versus the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.
The Philadelphia (12-14-1) will be happy if they don’t see Brodeur, who beat them 3-0 Jan. 22. They snapped their third three-game skid of the season Sunday with a 3-2 home victory versus the Sabres, but the club still has major issues.
The Flyers are among the most penalized teams in the league, having been short-handed 108 times, and like the Devils have had problems with its goaltending as Ilya Bryzgalov has had hard times.
Philadelphia, whose 82 goals allowed is among the most in the NHL, is tied with the New York Islanders for last place in the Atlantic Division and 11th in the Eastern Conference.