NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, November 17th
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (7-10-2) at Philadelphia Flyers (11-6-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia Flyers will try to rebound from their
first home loss of the season when they host the rival New Jersey Devils in
tonight's Atlantic Division matchup at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers entered Thursday's game against the New York Rangers with a 6-0-0
record on home ice, but the Blueshirts posted a shootout victory in South
Philadelphia to end their rival's home perfection.
Philadelphia was off to its best home start since beginning the 1986-87
campaign with eight consecutive victories as the host.
The Flyers and Rangers were tied at 3-3 heading into overtime and Brendan
Shanahan eventually scored the lone goal in the shootout, to lift New York to
the 4-3 win.
Recalled from the AHL earlier in the day, Denis Tolpeko recorded his first
career points, scoring a goal and adding assist, for Philadelphia. Daniel
Briere and James Dowd also scored for the Flyers, who had a two-game win
Martin Biron made 26 saves for Philadelphia, which is completing a four-game
The Devils lost for the third time in four games on Friday, as they were dealt
a close loss by the visiting New York Islanders. Rick DiPietro stole the
spotlight from Martin Brodeur, recording his second shutout of the season as
the Isles edged New Jersey, 1-0, denying the Devils goaltender his 500th
career victory in his third straight attempt.
Josef Vasicek had the game's lone tally, a short-handed one, for the
Brodeur also failed in a bid to pick up No. 500 last Saturday in a 2-1 loss to
the Isles, then was back between the pipes in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the New
York Rangers. He is looking to become just the second goaltender in NHL
history to reach the plateau, joining Patrick Roy, who compiled 551 regular
season wins to go along with 151 postseason victories.
The milestone isn't the only concern for Brodeur, who made 25 saves in the
contest. He was beaten for the fourth time in his last five starts behind an
inconsistent Devils squad. New Jersey was blanked for the fifth time this
season after being shut out six times all of last year, and has dropped five
of its last seven games overall, scoring just 11 goals in that span.
The Flyers and Devils have split a pair of meetings this season with both
clubs winning on their home ice. New Jersey has taken 11 of the last 13
encounters with Philly and posted wins in four of its last five stops in the
City of Brotherly Love.
Philadelphia has won seven of its last 11 home tilts against the Devils.
11/17 10:32:33 ET