Devils continue to struggle without Kovalchuk, look for win in Philly tonight
Added by Tim Purcell on April 18, 2013.
Andrei Loktionov (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New Jersey Devils are in Philadelphia to take on the Flyers in what seems to be the most crucial game of this rollercoaster season. New Jersey, coming off back to back shutout loses to Ottawa and Toronto, look to score their first goal in over 60 minutes of play. In the past two games, the Devils have out-shot their opponents by a wide margin, 65-24, however, unable to find the back of the net, losing both games by a score of 2-0.
The Flyers have also been a bubble team all season long. After defeating the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night, they leapfrogged over the Devils in the Eastern Conference standings, now sitting in 11th place; 5 points out of a playoff spot (8th place Rangers, 46 pts). Philadelphia has won their last two games, and look to continue their playoff push against the reeling Devils tonight at Wells Fargo Center.
If head coach Pete DeBoer and his struggling Devils have any hope at making a final push this evening, they will have to start finding the back of the net, whether it is even strength, shorthanded, or on the abysmal power play. Deboer is starting to shake this up with the Devils roster, swapping center Jacob Josefson with surprise goal scorer Andrei Loktionov. For the 11th consecutive game, the Devils will be without star forward Ilya Kovalchuk. The Devils are 0-6-4 since he was lost to injury.
Martin Brodeur will be making his 11th consecutive start against the Pennsylvania rivals tonight. Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov is expected to be in net at the other end of the ice.
New Jerseys struggles cannot continue much longer. They are holding onto their playoff lives by a thread, and are in a must-win situation this evening.
Breaking news regarding the Devils, Rangers, and Islanders made a big splash in the local areas. It was announced that the New Jersey Devils will play host to the New York Rangers, on January 26, 2014, outside at Yankee Stadium for the first outdoor game to be played in the Bronx. On January 29, the Rangers will then play host to the Islanders at that same stadium. This is sure be an exciting week of hockey leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
No ticket information has been available yet.