NHL Playoff Predictions: No. 2 New Jersey Devils vs. No. 7 Philadelphia Flyers

April 11th, 2010 by Benjamin Benya Leave a reply »
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2 New Jersey Devils vs. 7 Philadelphia Flyers
Storyline: Rivalry renewed: the last-second Flyers won the play-in and must now take on a familiar foe running out of chances to add to their dynasty, the New Jersey Devils.

Offense: In the same way that the Capitals are scoring wizards, the Devils can’t find the back of the net with precise directions and a detailed map. Bringing in Ilya Kovalchuk was expected to keep New Jersey afloat as they attempted to find goals, and for the most part, it worked.

Zach Parise shoots the puck more than most forwards in the NHL possess it during a season, scoring second place on the team with 38 goals (Kovalchuk, of course, was first with 41). New Jersey relies on gritty, hard-nosed players up the middle to pick up the slack. Brian Rolston and Jaime Langenbrunner still sport starring roles, but their more support players than team leaders at this juncture.

And while no Philadelphia Flyer mustered up 70 points this year, it didn’t stop the Flyers from lighting th ...

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