NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers Take One Final Stab At New Jersey Devils
The Philadelphia Flyers are coming off a two-game winning streak which gives them a .6% chance at a playoff berth. The Flyers currently sit at No. 11 in the Eastern Conference, so their chances of clinching a spot are very slim, but they will try to do so as they take on their East Coast rivals, the New Jersey Devils.
The Devils were recently bumped down to the No.12 seed after losing their last three games, while the Flyers jumped above them due to winning their last two. Due to this, both of these teams are going to be fighting hard for a win, or at least force an overtime period. Every point will count for teams like this that are desperately trying to get to the Holy Grail of the NHL, the Stanley Cup.
Will either of these teams make it in this year? Probably not, but it is really exciting to watch them in this last week and a half of the season to see if they can make a comeback of epic proportions. Since the Flyers are coming off a win they have the upper hand as they will attempt to build off that win. The Devils on the other hand, will be operating under desperation.
This is also the last time the teams will play each other this season, so they are going to want to make it last. Flyers goal leader Jakub Voracek logged a career best in the Flyers game on Tuesday, so he is definitely going to try to increase his goals (19) and make some moves for his team. Claude Giroux was on the assist twice in that game so he will be sure to be on the ice again trying to setup his teammates.
The Flyers also have newcomer Brandon Manning, who was called up from the Adirondack Phantoms. Other than looking uncannily like former Flyers captain Mike Richards, the kid looked good on the ice and even logged an assist. Manning’s no stranger to the Flyers, he was called up last year during the playoffs and he’s definitely a player to watch.
So the Devils may have their work cut out for them, but we cannot forget that they have future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur at their helm. Ironically Brodeur has been stuck at 666th wins, and has been having trouble lately. Unfortunate for the Devils, but lucky for the Flyers.
The Devils are also without Ilya Kovalchuk, which just means that the Flyers are going to have to watch out for David Clarkson and Patrik Elias whenever they are in the Flyers zone.
The game should be an exciting one considering the situations that both teams are in.