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#2 New Jersey Devils vs. #7 Philadelphia Flyers

April 14, 2010


 

#2 New Jersey (48-27-7, 103 pts)

#7 Philadelphia (41-35-6, 88 pts)
 
 
Regular season series (Flyers leads 5-1)

Oct 3, 2009 Philadelphia 5, New Jersey 2
Nov 16, 2009 New Jersey 2, Philadelphia 3
Dec 12, 2009 Philadelphia 1, New Jersey 4
Feb 8, 2010 New Jersey 2, Philadelphia 3
Feb 10, 2010 Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 2
Mar 28, 2010 New Jersey 1, Philadelphia 5

 
 
New Jersey Key Numbers
Power Play: 18.6%
Penalty Kill: 82.8%
Face-off: 49.5%
Last month: 5-2-3
Major injuries: None
 
 
Philadelphia Key Numbers
Power Play: 21.4%
Penalty Kill: 82.9%
Face-off: 50.1%
Last month: 4-5-1
Major injuries: Ray Emery, Michael Leighton
 
 

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Jesse Liebman:

What a difference a decade makes. The last time Marty Brodeur and Brian Boucher met in the playoffs, Boucher and the Flyers squandered a 3-1 series lead, as the Devils took their first Cup of the new millennium and Boucher plunged into relative obscurity, save for his impressive shutout streak in 2004. Brodeur may be getting older, but he’s still perhaps the best guy between the pipes come April. The Flyers will be hard-pressed to solve him, but Mike Richards and Jeff Carter are Devil-killers.

New Jersey in 6
 
 
Jeff Hancock:

This series is going to be a slobberknocker.  These two teams do not like each other.  The Flyers sqeaked into the postseason with a shootout win on the final day against the New York Rangers.  Sadly for them, there aren’t any shootouts in the playoffs…and they have to face the tandem of Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise.  It’s going to be too much for Brian Boucher and Chris Pronger to handle.  Devils take this one in a long, tough series.

New Jersey in 6
 
 
Brandon Fox:

An intense rivalry. Two evenly matched teams. This makes for one great quarterfinal. Of late, the Philadelphia Flyers have been inconsistent. They have a lot of offensive firepower in Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Claude Giroux, and Danny Briere. Add defenseman Chris Pronger and Forward Dan Carcillo to make for an intense physical style of play. On the Devils side, it’s Zach Parise, Patrik Elias, and Jamie Langenbrunner carrying the load for the Devils. Add Ilya Kovalchuk and Brian Rolston, and their powerplay could be the difference maker, if they can find a rhythm. In goal, it’s Brian Boucher, who has been clutch for the Flyers in the last few games of the regular season, and Martin Brodeur, rested during the Olympic break and looking sharper in the last 10 games.

New Jersey in 6

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