NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, January 22nd
(All times eastern)
New Jersey Devils (27-17-3) at Philadelphia Flyers (26-15-5). 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A battle for first place in the Atlantic Division is on tap
tonight in Philadelphia, as the surging Flyers welcome the rival New Jersey
Devils for a showdown at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers and Devils are tied for second place in the Atlantic with 57 points
each. However, idle Pittsburgh only has a one-point edge atop the division and
will be forced to relinquish its spot tonight.
The Devils have dominated the series with Philadelphia in recent years, as
they've taken four straight, six of seven and 14 of the last 16 encounters
with the Flyers.
New Jersey has also taken five of its previous seven games in the City of
The Flyers have won 10 of their last 12 games, but one of the setbacks in that
stretch came against New Jersey.
Still, Philadelphia has been victorious in four consecutive games and is
coming off a decisive win over the best team in the Eastern Conference. The
Flyers can tie their season-high winning streak with another win tonight.
Philly also won five in a row from October 10-20.
The Flyers hosted the conference-leading Ottawa Senators on Sunday night and
notched an impressive 6-1 win. Scottie Upshall had two goals and an assist to
lead the Flyers at the Wachovia Center.
Braydon Coburn had a goal and two assists while Antero Niittymaki made 25
saves for Philly.
Scott Hartnell added a goal to push his point-scoring streak to seven games.
He has 10 tallies and four assists during the run and has scored a goal in
three straight contests.
Simon Gagne also posted two assists and has reached the scoresheet in all six
games since returning from a two-month absence due to a concussion.
Philadelphia is playing the second test of a season-high six-game homestand
tonight. The Flyers are 10-5-5 as the host team this year and have won two
straight and three of their last four in Philly.
The Devils ended a two-game skid on Sunday, as they defeated the visiting
Toronto Maple Leafs. John Madden scored a pair of goals to lift Jersey to the
3-2 decision at the Prudential Center.
Travis Zajac also lit the lamp while Martin Brodeur stopped 34 shots for the
New Jersey is 13-10-3 on the road this year and has won its last two as the
visitor. After tonight, the Devils will return home to begin a five-game
homestand Thursday against Montreal.
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