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Friday evening Pucks and a pair of teams from the Metro Division will square off as the Philadelphia Flyers duke it out with the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The Flyers are off a 4-3 road loss to the Blue Jackets in OT, while the Devils are off a 2-1 home loss to the Flames.
Flyers Suffer Tough Loss In Columbus
The Philadelphia Flyers are not out of the playoff race as they currently sit seven points out of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. The Flyers had been a red hot team, but they have cooled off of late, losing three of their last five games. They enter off a tough 4-3 OT loss to the Blue Jackets on the road, after they had a 2-1 lead after the first period. Scoring in the loss was Jakub Voracek, which was his 18th of the year and Travis Sanheim, who scored twice and now has eight goals on the year. The Flyers will now look to get their act together against the Devils, who have struggled this year.
Absorbing the loss was Brian Elliott, who allowed four goals on 40 shot attempts to fall to 8-8 with a 2.58 GAA on the year. Cam Talbot will patrol the crease in this one and it will be his first action for the Flyers since coming over in a trade with Edmonton. Talbot is 10-18 with a 3.36 GAA on the year overall, including 6-8 with a 2.88 GAA on the road. In his career, he has gone 5-2 with a 2.25 GAA against the Devils. Philadelphia has gone 13-18 on the road for the year and they have averaged 2.84 gpg and have allowed 3.55 gpg in those games. The Flyers check in ranked 22nd in power play conversions at 17.5% and 28th in penalty kill at 77.1%.
Devils Fall Short Against The Flames
The New Jersey Devils are well out of the race for a playoff spot as they are currently in 14th place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings and 16 points out of the 8th spot. It has been another bad season for the Devils, who will be missing the postseason for the 6th time in their last seven year. In their last game, the Devils took on the Calgary Flames, who are the best team in the West, and they fell a bit short in a 2-1 home loss. The Devils fought hard, but in the end, it was their 5th loss in their last nine games. Scoring their lone goal was Kevin Rooney, which was his 3rd of the year.
Absorbing the loss to the Flames was Mackenzie Blackwood, who allowed two goals on 35 shot attempts to fall to 6-5 with a 2.35 GAA in this his first year in the league, including 4-2 with a 2.09 GAA here at home. He beat the Flyers 3-2 earlier in the year. We may see Corey Schneider in this one and he has gone 4-10 with a 3.26 GAA on the year, including 3-2 with a 1.99 GAA here at home. In his career, he has gone 5-6 with a 2.70 GAA against the Flyers. New Jersey has gone 17-16 here at home for the year and they have averaged 3.06 gpg and have allowed 2.70 gpg in those games. The Devils check in ranked 19th in power play conversions at 18.2% and 3rd in penalty kill at 84.0%.ratings for Basketball in College and t
New Jersey is:
- 16-36 in their last 52 games as an underdog
- 0-6 in their last 6 after allowing 2 goals or less in their previous game
- 7-0 in their last 7 games as a road favorite of -110 to -150
- 7-1 in their last 8 when their opponent scores 2 goals or less in their previous gam