NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, October 24th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (0-3-3) at New Jersey Devils (5-1-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers, a team that has never gone seven
games into a season without a victory, will try to pick up their first win of
the year tonight, when they visit the rival New Jersey Devils at Prudential
Center for the opener of a home-and-home series.
The Flyers' six-game losing streak (0-3-3) is the franchise's longest skid to
begin a season. Philadelphia had been 0-4-1-1 (1 tie, 1 overtime loss) to kick
off the 1999-2000 campaign.
Philadelphia has earned a point in three of its last four outings, going 0-1-3
in that span. The Flyers are coming off getting swept in home-and-home series
with San Jose, losing the opener in overtime this past Saturday in California
and dropping a shootout decision Tuesday in Philadelphia.
Former Flyer Jeremy Roenick and Joe Pavelski scored in the shootout for the
Sharks, which edged Philadelphia, 7-6, at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers went first in the shootout, but Mike Richards was unsuccessful in
his attempt. Pavelski, who is now 11- for-15 in shootout tries, then got the
puck past Martin Biron with a snap shot to the left side.
Danny Briere was stopped by Evgeni Nabokov before Roenick skated in and
flicked a low shot past Biron to end the game.
Joffrey Lupul finished with two goals and an assist for Philadelphia, which
continued to be the only team in the league without a win this season.
Antero Niittymaki gave up four goals on 15 shots in the first period for the
Flyers, and Biron came in for the final two frames, allowing two goals on 20
Flyers winger Simon Gagne missed Wednesday's game with the flu, but could be
back for tonight's game. Gagne has four goals and an assist in five games this
If the series history is a factor in this game, the Flyers aren't likely to
snap their losing streak tonight. New Jersey has dominated its Atlantic
Division foes in recent years, winning eight of 10 and 16 of the last 19
regular-season meetings between the clubs.
Philadelphia has also lost 12 straight tests in Jersey and its last win in the
Garden State came on March 9, 2004, when the Devils were still playing at the
The Devils are off to an excellent start to the season, posting a 5-1-0 mark
so far. Jersey has won three straight contests and its latest triumph came in
Wednesday's 5-0 rout of the visiting Dallas.
Martin Brodeur stopped all 21 shots he faced to record his 98th career
shutout, moving him five behind Terry Sawchuk's NHL career mark, leading the
Devils to the easy win.
The victory was also the 543rd of Brodeur's illustrious career, moving him
within eight of Patrick Roy's NHL record.
John Madden had a pair of goals for the Devils, who posted their highest goal
total of the season in the win over the Stars. Zach Parise had a goal and an
assist in the win, while Jamie Langenbrunner and David Clarkson lit the lamp
The Devils are 2-0 as the host this season, while Philly is 0-1-2 on the road.
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