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NHL on NBCSN: Flyers vs Devils

Jan 22, 2013, 8:33 AM EST

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NBCSN’s coverage of the NHL’s opening week will continue tonight when the Philadelphia Flyers head to the Prudential Center to take on the team that eliminated them in the 2012 playoffs, the New Jersey Devils at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Flyers lost back-to-back games over the weekend against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres, but won’t get an opportunity to rest and regroup anytime soon.

Starting today, Philadelphia will play in five matches, including four road contests, over the span of just eight days.

Philadelphia will be looking to play a more disciplined game, but they also need to do a much better job of killing off penalties when they happen. On top of that, the Flyers’ secondary scorers need to step up after forward Claude Giroux, 25, provided most of the team’s offense over the weekend.

The New Jersey Devils won their season opener against the New York Islanders, but beating the hungry Flyers will be a far more daunting task.

The Devils made it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals last year, but they lost their former captain, forward Zach Parise over the summer when the 28-year-old opted to sign with the Minnesota Wild as an unrestricted free agent. Parise was a key part of the Devils attack and with 22-year-old forward Adam Henrique (thumb) sidelined, the Devils look very thin up front.

Probable goaltenders: PHI – 32-year-old Ilya Bryzgalov (0-2-0, 3.05 GAA, .909 SV%) | NJD – 40-year-old Martin Brodeur (1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .947 SV%)

Top scorers: PHI – Giroux (2-0-2, 2 GP) | NJD – Forwards Travis Zajac, 27, and David Clarkson, 28, each scored a goal in the opener.

Notable Injuries:
Philadelphia – Forwards: 35-year-old Danny Briere (wrist), 22-year-old Zac Rinaldo (leg) Defensemen: 23-year-old Marc-Andre Bourdon (concussion), 38-year-old Chris Pronger (concussion), 32-year-old Matt Walker (hip)
New Jersey – Forwards: Henrique (thumb)

  1. johnnyresults - Jan 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    1975

  2. bleed4philly - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    This is our season. Got to get at least a point tonight.

  3. mj1818 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Let’s go Pens!

  4. mafmvp - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Can’t wait for Jersey to send Filthy to 0-3. You can’t win hockey games with only 1 decent line. That ginger captain will probably lose that C by the end of Feb. Maybe he should study SCSid and try to become a better leader. 1975 0-2013

    • xflyersx - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      See these types of comments are make me laugh. What do you expect out of Giroux? Whining to the refs and skating around with the Crosby pouty face? Giroux works hard and leads by example. He’ll be a great Captain for the boys

      • xflyersx - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:08 AM

        are

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:48 PM

      One decent line? That’s the least accurate comment on this page. The Flyers have three lines that are completely capable of putting up points. Hartnell, Giroux, Schenn; Couturier, Talbot, Voracek; Laughton, Simmonds, Read. And Briere back soon. Not to mention Giroux is, and will be for years, an excellent captain. Even if the Flyers go to 0-3 it doesn’t mean G can’t lead. I understand Pens fans are still bitter because of all the Flyers fans saying Crosby sucks as captain after his childish displays last season, but that in no way means Giroux isn’t qualified. Your opinion isnt credible when based purely on a grudge.

  5. xflyersx - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Couple of bad bounces, not cleaning up the garbage in front of the net. Not worried.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      i’m with you man. nothing i saw in those first 2 games made me worry.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      From a (somewhat) impartial observer I think its a lack of “gelling” so to speak between the team. Offensive possessions look disjointed at times, and the Defensive pairings don’t have the awareness of one another yet.

      The good: that usually works itself out – Flyguys have a talented team and will make the playoffs no question.

      The bad: you can’t really force that “gelling”. It just has to come with time and playing together.

      The ugly: Lavvy has to resist the knee-jerk reaction of changing up the lines which will harm the chemistry further.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:15 AM

        good evaluation, i agree. the defense is dealing with a lot of ‘new.’ right now. Grossmann has seemed off his game a bit, Foster already seems to be settling in.

        but can somebody answer why the hell we have Fedotenko on the PK? he’s been baaaad.

      • dmccarrie - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        Well sir, I for appreciate your impartial approach to your analysis of the Flyers. I also happen to agree with you.

        The internet (The NHL part of it at least) is like a war zone between caustic Pens fans and caustic Flyers fans and it’s nice to see some fair analysis. Kudos.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        very intelligent evaluation. It’s two games into a season after a long layoff, six days of training camp, and no preseason games. I expected the Flyers to be rusty and they have been. Doesn’t mean they’re going for the top pick in the draft like some people are wishing. They’re a playoff team.

  6. dmccarrie - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    I happen to think that if they go 0-3 we will see some moves made. No time to waste in this abbreviated schedule.

  7. chill1184 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Certainly will be a good physical game as Devil-Flyer games have always been

  8. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    cheering for the devils in this one, would be hilarous to see the flyers go 0-3. I know the flyers have guys out, but if they can’t beat the Parise-Henrique less Devils, then I feel bad for them.

  9. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    You know who has looked great this year? Bobrovsky.

  10. dipspit55 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Do we see a staged fight to start this game ?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Philly would rather hit you illegally, in the back or head if at all possible, than fight you like men.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Like I said before it was Adams who was suspended for repeatedly punching Hartnell in the back of the head and Neal and Asham suspended for head-hunting. Prime example of your team being goons. Show me where the Flyers illegal hits were? Glad you finally gave up on the phantom slewfoot that never happened.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Adams was suspended for pulling Hartnell’s ridiculous hair, Creeper. Schenn was penalized right before Asham throated him, and Rinaldo was removed from the same game I believe for his play, more than once. Here is your list:

        Game 1:
        ¬ PHI
        Claude Giroux: Boarding — 2 min

        PHI
        Zac Rinaldo: Cross checking — 2 min

        Game 2:
        PHI
        Nicklas Grossmann: Hooking — 2 min

        PHI
        Nicklas Grossmann: Holding — 2 min

        PHI
        Matt Read: Roughing — 2 min

        PHI
        Zac Rinaldo: Hooking — 2 min

        PHI
        Brayden Schenn: Interference — 2 min

        Game 3:
        PHI
        Zac Rinaldo: Roughing — 2 min

        PHI
        Jakub Voracek: Hi-sticking — 2 min

        PHI
        Claude Giroux: Roughing — 2 min

        PHI
        Kimmo Timonen: Game misconduct — 10 min

        PHI
        Kimmo Timonen: Slashing — 2 min

        PHI
        Jakub Voracek: Roughing — 2 min

        PIT
        Kris Letang: Fighting (maj) — 5 min

        PIT
        Steve Sullivan: Roughing — 2 min

        PHI
        Brayden Schenn: Charging — 2 min

        PHI
        Nicklas Grossmann: Kneeing — 2 min

        PHI
        Wayne Simmonds: Misconduct (10 min) — 10 min

        PHI
        Wayne Simmonds: Roughing — 2 min

        PHI
        Jakub Voracek: Roughing — 2 min

        PHI
        Scott Hartnell: Fighting (maj) — 5 min

        PHI
        Scott Hartnell: Roughing — 2 min

        PHI
        Zac Rinaldo: Unsportsmanlike conduct — 2 min

        PHI
        Zac Rinaldo: Cross checking — 2 min

        PHI
        Zac Rinaldo: Misconduct (10 min) — 10 min

        Game 4:
        PHI
        Braydon Coburn: Holding — 2 min

        PHI
        Zac Rinaldo: Interference — 2 min

        PHI
        Matt Carle: Interference — 2 min

        PHI
        Claude Giroux: Hi-sticking — 2 min

        PHI
        Nicklas Grossmann: Tripping — 2 min

        PHI
        Matt Carle: Holding the stick — 2 min

        PHI
        Matt Read: Roughing — 2 min

        PHI
        Zac Rinaldo: Cross checking — 2 min

        PHI
        Zac Rinaldo: Misconduct (10 min) — 10 min

        PHI
        Zac Rinaldo: Roughing — 2 min

        PHI
        Zac Rinaldo: Game misconduct — 10 min

        PHI
        Wayne Simmonds: Misconduct (10 min) — 10 min

        PHI
        Wayne Simmonds: Unsportsmanlike conduct — 2 min

        PHI
        Pavel Kubina: Misconduct (10 min) — 10 min

        PHI
        Pavel Kubina: Cross checking — 2 min

        Game 5:
        PHI
        Wayne Simmonds: Tripping — 2 min

        PHI
        Braydon Coburn: Interference — 2 min

        Game 6:
        PHI
        Danny Briere: Hi-sticking — 2 min

        PHI
        Kimmo Timonen: Hooking — 2 min

        PHI
        Scott Hartnell: Tripping — 2 min

        PHI
        Braydon Coburn: Hooking — 2 min

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 22, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        And that certainly was also a slewfoot. Even more cowardly than a normal slewfoot.

      • 950003cups - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:13 PM

        Phantom slewfoot????? This isn’t phantom dude!!!

      • mp1131211 - Jan 22, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        phillyphanatic77: I can’t believe you just tried to argue that Philly hasn’t committed an illegal hit- apparently ever. The only thing good coming out of philly this year will be hard dirty hits on the pittsburgh. I predict 0-48.

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        Hair pulling is very manly. We call that a chick move in this part of PA.

  11. chrisk61 - Jan 22, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    it seems the flyers have some early offensive/scoring problems. 3 goals in 2 games. giroux has scored 2 of them. but all the media attention seems to be on the PK…

    with the 48 gm season, there is nowhere to hide. all conference games…playing every nite vs teams vying for the same 8 playoff spots. if flyers end jan 2-5 or worse, it could be over before it gets started.

  12. mafmvp - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Filthys 2nd&3rd liners would have trouble cracking the baby pens line up. The whole organization is a mess, and as for playing dirty, pretty sure I saw that creature Hartnell lay out 2 dirty hits from behind on Sunday. I’m glad my Pens are above this bush league behavior. 1975

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      You sir are retarded. Congrats on your accomplishments.

  13. steelers88 - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    The Flyers struggles aren’t because they only had 6 days of training camp and are rusty. Then why aren’t the Penguins struggling they also had only 6 days of training camp. Maybe it’s because the Penguins actually have better players than the Flyers.

  14. steelers88 - Jan 22, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    It seems like the Flyers have got what the Penguins had last year the injury bug.

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:53 PM

      No you have it all wrong. The Hens didn’t have the injury bug. They were injured buggering each other.

  15. wisdomnfl - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Hey Philly – ha ha ha ha ha ha ha – frauds!!!!!

  16. broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Wow, 30 comments about a Flyers Devils game and not one NJ fan….Conspicuously present is the bandwagon fan club of the featherless birds. Too funny!

  17. broadstreetbeatdown - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    After Malkin leaves as a FA the Hens will declare bankruptcy and move to Seattle.

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