The Philadelphia Flyers and the New Jersey Devils both need to get on their high horses if they are going to get into the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. The two will meet on Wednesday night in NHL betting action at the Prudential Center.
When you look at what Philly is bringing to the table this year, you know that there are some problems. RW Daniel Briere has just five goals and eight assists thus far on the campaign, and RW Claude Giroux is still slacking with a -9 in spite of the fact that he has eight goals and 17 assists on the season. There are definitely some stars that are shining though, namely RW Jakub Voracek and C Brayden Schenn, who have 18 goals and 30 assists between them. G Ilya Bryzgalov has continued to be a disappointment for the Flyers after signing a huge offseason contract a few years ago to try to right the ship for a team that hasn’t had a remarkable goalie in decades. Instead, what Philadelphia has on its hands this year is a man that has a 2.77 GAA and the same dozen wins as he has losses.
The Devils though, aren’t really playing all that much better either. They have a few more overtime losses as opposed to losses in regulation, but they aren’t really in tremendous shape in the tough Atlantic Division. New Jersey has had some major consistency issues offensively, and the end result has been just 2.4 goals per game on 27.5 shots per game. The team is also only capitalizing on 16.5 percent of its power play chances, ranking 17th in the league. The rest of the major offensive numbers that New Jersey has put together rank 24th or worse. With G Martin Brodeur remaining on IR, it still comes down to G Johan Hedberg in the pipes for Wednesday night. Hedberg is most certainly not Marty Brodeur, and his numbers hardly even warrant him bring in the league right now. The veteran only has a .879 save percentage, and he has a 2.97 GAA. The end result is just a 4-7-2 record, and that obviously isn’t going to get the job done for a team that was right on the verge of the Stanley Cup last season.
We aren’t all that impressed right now with what the Devils are bringing to the table, and we think that it is borderline ridiculous that they are the favorites to win this game. The Flyers are only a .500 outfit as well, but at least they are a close to full strength team. Jersey has won six in a row in this series since the losing Game 1 of the playoff series last year in the City of Brotherly Love, but all of that changes on Wednesday night.
Philadelphia Flyers @ New Jersey Devils Pick: Philadelphia Flyers