NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 13th (All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (15-5-7-0) at Philadelphia Flyers (17-3-8-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - After leaving things unsettled last night, the Philadelphia Flyers and New Jersey Devils will conclude their home-and-home this evening at the Wachovia Center.
On Friday at the Meadowlands, Sami Kapanen had a goal and two assists for Philadelphia and Patrik Elias countered with a goal and an assist for New Jersey in a 3-3 tie.
As a result of the deadlock, Philly remains six points ahead of Jersey in the Atlantic Division standings. The Flyers lead the entire National Hockey League with 43 points -- three more than Northeast Division-leading Toronto.
Martin Brodeur made 37 saves and Jay Pandolfo and Scott Niedermayer also scored Friday for New Jersey, which is unbeaten in its last four games (3-0-1) and 13-2-5 in the last 20.
Brodeur has allowed two goals or less in 14 of his last 16 outings, and leads the NHL with six shutouts this season. With backup netminder Cory Schwab now on injured reserve with a groin injury, it's all but a certainty Brodeur will make his 16th consecutive start tonight.
Counterpart Jeff Hackett turned aside 18-of-21 shots Friday, but did allow a 150-foot shot by Niedermayer to make its way into the net with 31 seconds to go in the first period. Donald Brashear and Keith Primeau scored for Philadelphia, which earned the point on the strength of a second period which saw it score twice and outshoot the Devils, 16-5. The Flyers are unbeaten in their last six (3-0-3) and 13-1-5 in the last 19.
Friday's tilt moved the Devils to 5-1-2 in the last seven meetings with the Flyers and gave them a 1-0-1 advantage this season. The Devs are 2-0-1 in their last three trips to Philadelphia.
These division rivals will have a break from each other after tonight, as they won't clash again until February 10 in Philadelphia.
12/13 10:20:08 ET