New Jersey Devils vs. Philadelphia Flyers
NHL: Thursday, February 6, Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 7:00 PM ET
After forcing overtime in their last three outings and suffering losses on all three occasions, the New Jersey Devils head to Wells Fargo Center on Thursday night to meet the Philadelphia Flyers. The Devils have lost their first two encounters of the season with Philadelphia and are winless in three straight meetings with the Flyers.
New Jersey sits bottom of the Metropolitan Division standings, 19 points behind the fifth-place Philadelphia. The Devils will almost certainly the postseason for the seventh time in the last eight years. On the other side, the Flyers hold No. 8 seed in the East and are two points ahead of Toronto and Carolina who chase the wild-card spot.
The Devils blew a three-goal lead against the CanadiensNew Jersey is coming off a disappointing 5-4 shootout defeat to the Montreal Canadiens this past Tuesday, extending their losing streak to three games. The Devils had a 3-0 lead midway the second period, but they allowed the Canadiens to make a huge comeback and take a 4-3 lead midway the third period. Kyle Palmieri scored a power-play goal with 20 seconds left on the clock to force overtime, but the Devils stumbled in a shootout.
The clash against the Canadiens was New Jersey’s fourth straight game that went to overtime. After a 4-3 shootout victory in Ottawa, the Devils lost at home to Nashville, Dallas, and Montreal. Against the Predators, they had a one-goal lead three times and still lost the game in a shootout.
Louis Domingue has guarded the cage in the previous two contests. He’s 3-5-2 this season with a 3.59 GAA and a .886 save percentage. We can expect to see Mackenzie Blackwood back on the ice Thursday night, and he’s 15-12-7 on the season with a 3.00 GAA and a .904 save percentage. The Devils are 30th in the league in goals against (3.54), and their defense has been terrible thus far. On the other side, they are 25th in the league in goals scored per game (2.65).
The Flyers had no problems in Detroit
Philadelphia is coming off a 3-0 road victory over the Detroit Red Wings this past Monday. The Flyers easily outlasted the worst team in the league, allowing only 16 shots towards Brian Elliott who recorded his second shutout of the season and 40th of his career. On the other side, Philadelphia took 31 shots towards Jonathan Bernier, but the Flyers needed almost 30 minutes to break the deadlock. They doubled the lead early in the third period when Kevin Hayes scored a shorthanded goal.
The Flyers have played in a good form over the last four weeks. They’ve won seven of the last ten games overall, while the Flyers are riding a five-game point streak. Over their previous five outings, the Flyers lost only in Pittsburgh 4-3 in overtime. The competition in the East is pretty stiff, so they have to continue with a strong performance.
Philadelphia is tied-13th in the league in goals scored per game (3.11) and 10th in goals against (2.87). Brian Elliott has guarded the cage in four of the last five contests, recording three wins in that span. He’s 13-5-4 on the season and has a 2.81 GAA and a .903 save percentage. Carter Hart is still recovering from an injury, so Elliott should get another starting nod against the Devils.
The top supporting trends for this game, found on Oddsshark.com, are: New Jersey:
- 1-6 in the last seven games overall
- 1-4 in the last five games against the Eastern Conference
- 4-1 in the last five games overall
- 9-2 in the last 11 games at home
- 8-3 in the last 11 outings as favorites