Orange & Black Breakdown
by Vindisi on 11/03/11 at 05:59 PM ET
The Flyers have a quick turnaround as they face off against the Devils. While the Flyers were busy notching a win within the first 7 minutes of the game, the Devils were off giving up a natural hat trick to Joffrey Lupul. It could have been worse for the Devils thanks to an amazing save by the ageless relic known as Marty Brodeur. Keys for tonight’s game and the sick save by Mr. Brodeur after the jump…
New Jersey Devils (4-5-1 | 9 pts) vs Philadelphia Flyers (7-4-1 | 15 pts)
Brodeur had a ridiculous save last night. We will have none of that tonight courtesy of Hedberg getting the start tonight.
What to expect from the Devils:
Ilya Kovalchuk: It is strange to see a team that is comprised of one of the most prolific goal scorers struggling to score goals (2.10 goals for this season). I want to say it is the system, but skill level should still win out. You wonder how much he wandered in Atlanta to help him tally up those type of goal totals. Out of his 7 total points this season in 10 games, 2 are even strength points. He is a team worst -7. We could be seeing a player that is in the mold of a Nikolai Zherdev that was never taught to play a 2 way game and got away with it because of his absurd stats.
Even strength: Keep this team off the power play and we could be witnessing a second shutout for the season. They are a miserable team at 5 on 5 as their early season struggles from last season are surfacing again this year. Contain their top line of Parise and Kovalchuk, and it should be a relatively easy night.
Patrik Elias: Long time Flyers killer is still around and going strong. He is the only constant on the team this season. He has produced at nearly a PPG clip and is one of the few forwards who doesn’t have a horrific +/-. Look for him to set the pace early on, otherwise it could be a long night for the Devils.
JvR loves Miller Lite
Keys for the FLYERS tonight:
Offensive depth: Will the Flyers offensive depth cripple the Devils defense in their own zone? Even though, the Flyers will not be dressing several key figures in tonight’s game, the offensive depth that this team holds over New Jersey is jaw dropping. New Jersey’s leading scorer (Elias - 9 points) would be tied as 5th leading scorer on this team. The 1st line is obviously setting the bar followed by Briere and rounded out by Timonen and JvR who both have 9 points.
COOTER: Can Cooter take his game to the next level? We saw 2 huge shifts from his line to start out the game yesterday, but then we saw a noticeable drop-off for the rest of the game. If he can continue to make strides in becoming a consistent offensive threat, he may force Lavvy’s hand in giving him a more offensive role in the near future. Unfortunately, with Briere returning tonight, it will be back to 3rd line duties.
JvR: Will JvR’s goal yesterday be a turning point and propel his confidence into last year’s playoff run? JvR has always had the power move to the goal, but he has been reluctant to take the shot from just outside the circle. If yesterday’s shot is any indication of things to come, then fans may be back to chanting “J-V-R” in the stadium in due time.
My BOLD predictions for tonight:
-JvR scores on a signature power move to the net
-Simmonds scores on the power play
-Hartnell notches an assist extending his point streak to 6 games
Lets Go Flyers!
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