Which 2013 Disappointment Has Improved More This Offseason: Flyers or Devils?

July 6th, 2013 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

The Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils have been consistent winners in the Eastern Conference.

In the 2011-12 season, the Devils motored through the playoffs and defeated the Florida Panthers, Flyers and New York Rangers to reach the Stanley Cup Final. They were no match for the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings and lost in six games.

The Flyers went on their memorable run in 2010. They defeated the Devils, Boston Bruins (after trailing 3-0 in the series) and the Montreal Canadiens before they were outplayed by the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final in a six-game series.

More often than not, both the Flyers and Devils are consistent playoff performers. But not last year. The 2013 season was disastrous for both.

The Flyers were a poor defensive team and were never really in a position to make the playoffs. They finished the year with 49 points and finished 10th in the Eastern Conference.

The Devils got off to a decent start, but they did not have the depth to overcome injuries, particularly when goalie Martin Brodeur was sidelined and Johan Hedberg had to take over between th ...

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