Game 15 Preview: New Jersey Devils @ Philadelphia Flyers

Hartnell and Brodeur

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New Jersey Devils (3-7-4) @ Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-1) , 7:00pm, TCN-PH, MSG PLUS 2

RECORDS:

New Jersey Devils: 3-7-4
Away: 1-6-2
vs. Eastern Conference: 3-4-1
vs. Metropolitan Division: 1-3-1

Philadelphia Flyers: 4-9-1
Home: 2-6-0
vs. Eastern Conference: 4-6-1
vs. Metropolitan Division: 3-3-1

GAME 15 PREVIEW:

Coming off of another disappointing loss (I’m sensing a theme here..) on Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers (4-9-1 overall, 2-6-0 home) return home to face a familiar foe in the New Jersey Devils (3-7-4 overall, 1-6-2 road).  The two Metropolitan teams last faced each other this past Saturday night; that snoozefest game ended in a 1-0 Philadelphia victory.  Despite all of the lingering commotion regarding the occurrences in Philadelphia’s previous game, Ray Emery backstopped the Flyers to a 14 (!) save shutout.

After tonight, the Flyers will face the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon at home before embarking on a three game road-trip.  New Jersey hasn’t played a game since Sunday night, a 4-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild.  They’ve now been shutout in two straight games.  The Devils have never gone three consecutive games without scoring.

Both teams will look for their lackluster offenses to show some semblance of life this evening; Craig Berube and Peter DeBoer have made noticeable lineup tweaks/changes to prepare for tonight’s match-up.  Per Philadelphia’s practice yesterday, Voracek was back to being on Giroux’s right wing (no more left wing experimentation).  Lecavalier’s back to his natural position at center.  Read was bumped up to the second line. Newbury was recalled so the Flyers could have a natural center on the fourth line; Hall will most likely be pushed to the wing.

For the Devils, there’s a possibility that Travis Zajac may be in the lineup tonight after suffering a sprained ankle in practice last week.  With the call-up and subsequent addition of Cam Janssen (I don’t even know..) to the fourth line, Zajac will most likely be centering Steve Bernier and MIchael Ryder.  Along with Zajac, Anton Volchenkov told reporters he’ll be back in the lineup for tonight’s game.

As of right now, there are conflicting reports as to whether Steve Mason or Ray Emery will get the start in goal for Philadelphia tonight.  Steve Mason is coming off of a stellar Tuesday night performance in Carolina (36/38, .947 sv%) , while Ray Emery’s last start was a 14-save shutout on Saturday (against the Devils, no less).  In 10 games against New Jersey, Emery has posted a 1.90 gaa and .931 sv%.  UPDATE: Sarah Baicker has Emery as the Flyers’ starting goaltender this evening.

Martin Brodeur has been given the start tonight for the Devils.  The 41-year-old goaltender has been playing his best goaltending of late (his past three starts include a 4-3 W against Boston, 2-1 W against Tampa Bay, and a 1-0 L against Philadelphia).  Brodeur posted a .952 sv% when the teams faced each other this past Saturday.

This is the second of four meetings between the two divisional rivals.

PROJECTED LINEUPS:

New Jersey Devils:

Dainius Zubrus (8) : Andrei Loktionov (21) : Jaromir Jagr (68)
Steve Bernier (18): Travis Zajac (19) : Michael Ryder (17)
Mattias Tedenby (9) : Adam Henrique (14) : Damien Brunner (12)
Ryan Carter (20) : Stephen Gionta (11) : Cam Janssen (22)

Andy Greene (6) : Marek Zidlicky (2)
Anton Volchenkov (28) : Peter Harrold (10)
Eric Gelinas (22) : Adam Larsson (5)

Martin Brodeur (30)
Backup: Cory Schneider (35)

Scratches:

Ryane Clowe
Patrik Elias
Mark Fayne
Jacob Josefson
Jon Merrill
Bryce Salvador

Philadelphia Flyers:

Scott Hartnell (19) : Claude Giroux (28) : Jakub Voracek (93)
Brayden Schenn (10) : Vincent Lecavalier (40) : Matt Read (24)
Michael Raffl (12) : Sean Couturier (14) : Wayne Simmonds (17)
Adam Hall (18) : Kris Newbury (45) : Zac Rinaldo (36)

Kimmo Timonen (44) : Braydon Coburn (5)
Nicklas Grossmann (8): Mark Streit (32)
Hal Gill (75) : Andrej Meszaros (41)

Steve Mason (35)
Backup: Ray Emery (29)

Scratches:

Steve Downie
Erik Gustafsson
Chris Pronger
Jay Rosehill
Luke Schenn