Flyers, Devils Preview

Oct 24, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Vincent Lecavalier (40) against the New York Rangers during the second period at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-1) will face the New Jersey Devils (3-7-4) tonight for the second time in four days. The Flyers won the first contest of the season 1-0. The Flyers began a 13-game stretch last night where they will play nine teams with sub-.500 records. If the Flyers want to turn around their season, they will need to win at least eight games. Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes was not the best start. The Devils enter tonight having lost two in a row. Jaromir Jagr  is their leading scorer with 10 points. As Bill Clement put it last night, the Devils play “boa constrictor” hockey. They are a good defensive-minded team the Flyers have had trouble against. Flyers killer, Martin Brodeur (48-31-9, .907 SV%, 2.41 GAA against Philadelphia) is between the pipes for New Jersey. The Flyers cannot allow him to play the puck and start the Devils transition game. If the do need to dump the puck, they have to shoot it hard so Brodeur cannot stop it. Claude Giroux is still looking for his first goal of the season and, once again, head coach Craig Berube has shuffled the lines to get Giroux going. Giroux had a terrible defensive miscue during the Hurricanes game. The Flyers were 53 seconds away when Giroux lost Jordan Staal in front of the net and Staal scored the game-tying goal to send the contest into overtime. Luke Schen and Erik Gustafsson are healthy scratches once again. Vincent Lecavalier has also been bumped to the second line to help spark the offense. Ray Emery will get the start for the Flyers after shutting out the Devils Saturday night. Emery is 6-3-2 against the Devils with a .931 save percentage and a 1.90 GAA. Travis Zajac and AntonVolchenkov will return to the lineup for New Jersey. Both teams are struggling to score goals, so very few will be surprised if this game ends up being 2-1 or 1-0.

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