The Matchup: New Jersey Devils (24-12-8) vs. the Philadelphia Flyers (21-16-8 SBNation; BroadstreetHockey)
The Time: 1:00 PM EST
The Broadcast: TV - MSG+
The Devils’ Last Game: The Devils beat the Capitals 4-3 in OT. The game started quickly for the Devils, with Drew Stafford winning a breakaway. However, Brett Connolly then responded in the first, tying the game for a 1-1 tie game. The 2nd was all Devils, with Andy Greene and Miles Wood both scoring for the Devils to make it 3-1. Orlov scored to make it 3-2, before Connolly scored again to tie it before overtime started. There, Taylor Hall had a breakaway in overtime, and scored to give the Devils a 4-3 win.
The Flyers Last Game: The Flyers beat the Maple Leafs 3-2 in OT. The game started off well for the Maple Leafs, with Connor Brown and Frederick Gauthier scoring within 30 seconds of each other to make it 2-0 Maple Leafs. However, the Flyers came back in the 3rd, with Nolan Patrick and Wayne Simmonds scoring to make it 2-2. The game then ended 18 seconds in, with Sean Couturier scoring in OT to end the game 3-2 for the Flyers.
The Lineups: There doesn’t appear to be any changes to the Devils lineup from the previous game, with Kinkaid starting as Schneider is feeling ill.
On the Flyers side, Neuvirth will be starting, and it is likely the lineup will not be changing.
Who To Watch: Taylor Hall is a monster right now. He has 11 points in his last 6 games. With his offensive production, Taylor Hall can carry this team up. The rest of the team provides important depth. Jesper Bratt and Nico Hischier, his linemates, help the team out immensely. Miles Wood can always chip a goal in at any time. The team is pretty good right now, which should make any Devils fan happy.
Flyers Best: Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek and Sean Couturier are all point-per-game players. After that, Shayne Gostisbehere is the next best player, and he’s a star defender. Provorov and Simmonds can score very easily as well. This Flyers team is inconsistent, but can be very good. Don’t underestimate this team.
All in All: How do you think this game will go? Who will win? Who will score first? Let me know in the comments below, and take care!