NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, October 14th
(All times eastern)
Philadelphia Flyers (1-2-1) at New Jersey Devils (2-1-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers are off to a slow start and will
try to get on the winning track tonight when they open a four-game road trip
against the New Jersey Devils at Continental Airlines Arena.
Philadelphia has lost three of its four games this season, including
Wednesday's 3-1 setback against the Montreal Canadiens at the Wachovia Center.
Just one day after defeating the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden,
the Flyers couldn't carry over the spirit versus the Habs.
Montreal goaltender David Aebischer was a wall between the pipes and blocked
27-of-28 shots against the Flyers, who got a goal from R.J. Umberger and
assists by Jeff Carter and Mike Knuble.
Flyers netminder Antero Niittymaki blocked 20-of-22 shots in his third
straight start, with the final goal scored on an empty net.
After visiting the Devils, Philadelphia will head to Buffalo, Tampa Bay and
Florida to close out the road trip.
Peter Forsberg leads the Flyers with five points and Simon Gagne has a team-
high three goals.
Meanwhile, the Devils have won two of their three games this season and posted
a 7-6 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.
John Madden scored twice in regulation and also tallied the decisive goal as
the fourth skater in the shootout to lead New Jersey at Continental Airlines
Arena. The game was the home opener for New Jersey.
Brian Gionta registered his first career natural hat trick and Sergei Brylin
had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who had lost the last five meetings
with the Leafs. New Jersey beat Toronto for the first time since January 10,
2004 and the first time at home since January 3, 2003.
Gionta leads the team with six points and three goals.
Martin Brodeur stopped three of the four skaters in the shootout and ended the
night with 24 saves for New Jersey. Brodeur also passed Terry Sawchuk (447)
for third place on the all-time wins list.
The Devils won the 2005-06 season series with Philadelphia by a 5-3 margin and
have won three in a row in the series. New Jersey is 5-1 in the last six
matchups and has won four in a row against the Flyers at home.
Philadelphia is 1-5-1 in its last seven trips to Continental Airlines Arena.
10/14 10:22:21 ET