NHL Preview: Philadelphia Flyers Host New Jersey Devils
After a hard-fought battle on Tuesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers lost yet another game to the Carolina Hurricanes, but they will try to rectify that back on their home ice on Thursday. The Flyers will play host to the New Jersey Devils, and both struggling teams will try to one-up each other to get a much-needed point.
The Flyers have actually won one more game than the Devils, but they do have more losses on their record. The good thing heading into this game is that the Flyers shut out the Devils when they played them this weekend, so they will try to build momentum off of that.
Even though the Flyers may have the upper hand, they cannot let their guard down in this game. The Devils will see the return of injured players Travis Zajac and Anton Volchenkov in Thursday’s lineup, so this could put some added pressure on the Flyers.
Both teams have been pretty weak offensively, as seen in their last game when the Flyers only needed to score one goal to win the game, but the Flyers showed a lot of improvement on Tuesday. This may just be due to Craig Berube‘s experimenting with switching up the lines. He did see some success with the “ginger line” as it was Scott Hartnell who scored the game-changer on Tuesday night.
Vincent Lecavalier has also been pretty successful in front of the net, but unfortunately the rest of the team hasn’t been able to learn from him.