by David Pavlak on 03/11/12 at 05:41 PM ET
The Devils are preparing to begin a home-at-home series with the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. The Devils sit only two points behind the Flyers in the Eastern Conference standings. The Devils have split the series 2-2, with the series concluding on Tuesday night.
The Devils have won three games in a row with two wins over the Islanders and an additional win over the New York Rangers.
Kovalchuk on a roll:
Ilya Kovalchuk has been the hottest skater for the Devils as of late, potting four goals in the last five games, including a hat trick against the Islanders. Kovalchuk leads the Devils in points, registering 68 points (29 G, 39 A) through 63 games played. Patrik Elias (65) and Zach Parise (60) have also reached the 60 point plateau this year.
Brodeur aiming for 650 career wins:
Martin Brodeur is back in between the pipes tonight. Brodeur is 24-17-3 this season with a 2.46 GAA. In his past five games Brodeur has been 2-2-1, with his lone bad game coming against Boston on March 1 where he let up four goals. Brodeur is also looking to reach 650 career wins tonight.
“Whatever round numbers you look at them as a plateau to achieve,” Brodeur said to Tom Gulitti of The Bergen Record. “But they’re not as important as when you were getting close to the record. I think it’s the number. When you hear 649 and 650 that’s two different things. So, it’s pretty good about that. I just want to get the number as high as I can, try to win games. That’s what I’m here for.”
Bryzgalov heating up:
The Devils will need to make sure to get to Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov early and often. Bryzgalov is known for giving up an early, soft goal, usually within the first five minutes of the period. Bryzgalov has won his last five games, giving up only five goals. His performance as of late has shown why the Flyers reached out so aggressively to him during the off season. If the Devils can pepper the Flyers netminder early, maybe they can rattle his confidence and end up with the victory.
Other notable milestones:
Tom Gulitti reports that Kovalchuk needs two goals to reach 400 for his career. Defenseman Andy Greene two points to reach 100 on his career.
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