Flyers Look to Continue Home Dominance Of Devils
Ilya Bryzgalov has stopped 53 of the last 56 shots he's faced, picking up back-to-back victories.
The Philadelphia Flyers are 10-1-1 in their last 12 home games against the New Jersey Devils and hope to continue that trend against a Devils squad that’s lost three straight games and four of its last five. Both teams were in action last night, with the Flyers grabbing a 3-2 road win over the Buffalo Sabres and the Devils falling at home to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 5-3. They meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center.
Last night was Martin Brodeur’s return to the lineup from a bruised shoulder, but the veteran looked shaky after missing six games. Meanwhile, Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has stopped 53 of the last 56 shots he’s faced, for a .946 save percentage to go along with a 1.50 goals against average in wins over Carolina and Buffalo. The turnaround was much needed after Bryzgalov suffered a personal five game winless drought in which he had an abysmal .769 save percentage.
Both veterans may have the night off given that they were in action last night. Flyers backup Sergei Bobrovsky is 2-0-0 with a 3.75 goals against average and a .859 save percentage, with his numbers tarnished by allowing five goals on 15 shots against the Winnipeg Jets last Thursday. Devils backup Johan Hedberg is 4-3-1 with a .924 save percentage and a 2.28 goals against average.
The Flyers will still be without veteran defenseman Chris Pronger, who is on the mend after taking a stick near his eye a few games back, and may not have star forward Danny Briere, who is working his way back from an upper body injury.
Philadelphia has gotten enough scoring from its top line of Claude Giroux, Jaromir Jagr and Scott Hartnell to get by though. All three players are in the top-20 in the NHL in points, and Scott Hartnell’s five game point streak is his longest since October 16 to 26 last season, when he notched two assists. This time, Hartnell has five goals and five helpers. Hartnell’s longest career point streak was seven games, from January 8 to January 20, 2008, when he racked up 10 goals and four assists. Hartnell also has two career six-game point scoring streaks.
The Flyers will look to slow down Patrick Elias, who leads New Jersey with five goals and four assists for nine points. Elias scored six goals in five games against the Flyers last year.
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