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Saturday, April 28, 2012

ROUND 2 PREVIEW: New Jersey Devils (6th) V.S Philadelphia Flyers (5th)

Brodeur will be the story in this series.

Flyers: 47-26-9, (103 points), 5th in Eastern Conference
Devils: 48-28-6, (102 points), 6th in Eastern Conference

SEASON SERIES: Flyers won 3-2 (Not counting shootouts)

Players to watch: Brodeur(NJD), Giroux (PHI), Parise (NJD), Briere (PHI),Zajac (NJD),Jagar (PHI), Elias (NJD), Talbot (PHI), Zubrus (NJD) & Hartnell (PHI)

                       Tomorrow afternoon in Philadelphia, fresh off of their double overtime win in Game 7 against the Panthers, the New Jersey Devils will battle the Flyers in Round 2 of the 2012 Stanley cup Playoffs. In Round 1, the Flyers beat the Penguins in 6 games and the Devils beat the Panthers in 7 games to lead to a 5th v.s 6th match up in round 2. The Flyers had a red hot powerplay in round 1. It was a surprising 52%  average. As for the Devils, they had a tougher time with the man advantage. As they had a 20% Powerplay average. But for both teams, when it came down to the P.K, both teams struggled. The Flyers had a 69% average and the Devils had a 66% average. So this should equal a lot of Powerplay goal for both these teams. So I think in the special teams department, both teams are equal.

                  For Philly, goals for and against are pretty equal. The Flyers scored on average 5 goals a game and gave up on average 4.33 goals per game. As for the Devils, they scored on average 2.57 goals per game and gave up 2.43 goals per game. So you would think naturally that the Flyers will out due the Devils in goals for department. But you are wrong. The Flyers took on the Penguins in round 1. That series had the most goals in NHL history with 56 goals in total. This was a result of bad goal tending by both Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. In the series between the Devils and Panthers, there was a total of 35 goals in total due to good goal tending. So I would give the edge to New Jersey in both Offense (due to bad goal tending from the Flyers), defense and Goal tending.

So I think with Brodeur in net, the Devils will win this series in 5 games.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

series j Time #5 vs. #6 Networks
Sunday, April 29, 2012 3:00 p.m. New Jersey at Philadelphia NBC, CBC, RDS
Tuesday, May 1, 2012 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Philadelphia NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Thursday, May 3, 2012 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New Jersey NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Sunday, May 6, 2012 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at New Jersey NBCSN, CBC, RDS
*Tuesday, May 8, 2012 TBD New Jersey at Philadelphia NBCSN, CBC, RDS
*Thursday, May 10, 2012 TBD Philadelphia at New Jersey TBD, CBC, RDS
*Saturday, May 12, 2012 TBD New Jersey at Philadelphia TBD, CBC, RDS

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