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Game Preview: New Jersey Devils vs. the Philadelphia Flyers

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The second game after the break - Pride Night at the Rock - is a divisional test. Can the Devils succeed? Will they not fall flat this time?

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The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (25-16-8) versus the Philadelphia Flyers (24-18-8). SBN Blog: Broad Street Hockey.

The Time: 7:00 PM

The Broadcast: TV - MSG+

Revenge: A part of the Devils’ hard-to-watch losing streak was a 3-1 loss in Philadelphia to the Flyers. Key to winning would be correcting the issue of matchups with the Giroux-Couturier-Konecny line. With the Flyers two points behind us, and all teams behind in the Metro within four points, this game is important. John recapped that game.

Personnel: Kinkaid will be in net. Hopefully he doesn’t get hurt again. Updates on other lineup aspects will be passed along as I see them.

Power Play Tensions?: John Hynes was reportedly very angry during the practice of the power play at practice yesterday. Amanda Stein reported during the practice that he stopped drills and said: “Our power play *has* to get going. It’s just not good enough.” I wonder what he may be considering regarding the power play. Specifically - is he centered wholly around the execution of players, or is he growing tired of the Ward-system’s inconsistency as well? I’m interested in how far Hynes might be willing to go to fix the power play.

Pride Night at the Rock: February 1 is going to be Pride Night for the Devils at the Prudential Center.

As a part of the NHL’s “Hockey Is For Everyone” Month, this is the second annual installment of Pride Night for the Devils. For more details on the Devils’ participation, there are other details and events on NHL.com.

Your Thoughts: How do the Devils need to,approach this game differently from their last with Philadelphia? How should the team dress the forwards and defensemen tonight? Who are you most looking to tonight? Leave your thoughts below.

As a note: Apologies for posting this late. I wasn't able to get online to post it as normal, which was my error in planning.