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Devils might hope that Rangers-Capitals goes seven games

May 8, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

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It’s an age-old question that probably only has subjective answers: is it better to get a big break between series or barely get a chance to catch your breath? The New Jersey Devils beat the Philadelphia Flyers in round two after a quick turnaround, but after a rugged Game 5, they might just root for the Washington Capitals-New York Rangers series to go a full seven games.

The Flyers showed their frustrations with some big hits on Tuesday. Tom Gulitti didn’t receive an update from the Devils on defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who was shaken up by a Wayne Simmonds hit. Dainius Zubrus told Gulitti that he’s suffering from a charley horse thanks to a Zac Rinaldo hit and that he will “probably need treatment on it going forward.” Anton Volchenkov bounced back from another big Rinaldo check, but he was pretty shaken up at the time.

Ilya Kovalchuk also needed to miss a game in this series and while he bounced back with a vengeance, it’s not crazy to think that he might enjoy a moderate siesta.

Then again, the Devils are playing at a high level right now and they did handle the last quick turnaround quite well, so you can make an argument either way. In the grand scheme of things, it might be a matter of player-by-player opinion.

What do you think, though? Would New Jersey be better off if the other East series ends in six or seven? Does it matter at all either way? Do tell.

  1. cerealrapist - May 8, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    If the Flyers didn’t try to turn this into their typical goon-fest crap, this wouldnt matter.
    Classless team. Classless players. Classless city.

    • rg3isvictory - May 9, 2012 at 8:06 AM

      It’s hockey, man up and shut up!!!

  2. cerealrapist - May 8, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Only one good thing about Philadelphia.. it’s got bridges to Jersey!

    • rg3isvictory - May 9, 2012 at 8:11 AM

      Not a fan of either team but I find it funny that two less than stellar cities( b/c if we are all honest, New Jersey isn’t worth being a state) would call each other out for being dumps!!! Jersey, Philly and Baltimore are all stains waiting to be washed away!

  3. maalea - May 9, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    The only good thing about Jersey….Tomatoes

    • barkar942 - May 9, 2012 at 1:55 AM

      …..and Snooki! Don’t forget about Snooki!

      • maalea - May 9, 2012 at 7:54 AM

        Isn’t she really from NY?

      • chill1184 - May 9, 2012 at 11:26 AM

        @maalea

        Yes Snooki is from Marlboro NY which is on the west side of the Hudson across from Poughkeepsie, NY and in between Newburgh and New Paltz, NY.

  4. vindicatus - May 9, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Yeah, the Flyers and their fans can look forward to watching reruns of Jersey shore while Jersey is still in the hunt. Caps, Rags? Both at once? Doesn’t matter. Bring it on! Let’s go Devils!

    • ravenscaps48 - May 9, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      You will lose in 6 to either team

  5. vindicatus - May 9, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    Just like how we lost to the Flyers in 5, no 6, no wait… Keep underestimating the Devils. It just makes the victories all the more satisfying.

    • ravenscaps48 - May 9, 2012 at 12:06 PM

      You played against a team the had no defense and no g

    • ravenscaps48 - May 9, 2012 at 12:07 PM

      You played against a team the had no defense and no goaltending…

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