New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers

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The Devils are facing the Flyers team at the right time. Not only have the Flyers lost 3 of their last four games, but they are also coming off a tough overtime defeat from the night before and will be playing on short rest. The Devils are hoping that with a win they can continue their hot streak and potentially make a push for the playoffs while the Flyers are hoping just to make it to the playoffs at this point with their team struggles.

Devils won 3 of the last 4 games

The Devils have looked like one of the worst teams in the East Division this season, winning only 11 of their 29 games this season but in the past 4 games, they have looked like a different team. The defense has struggled all season but in the last 4 games, they have only allowed 2 goals per game with Ty Smith, Dmitri Kulikov, and Ryan Murray all playing better in the recent games and goaltender Scott Wedgewood turning into the main goalie and playing well lately.

While the defense has helped carry the Devils to a hot streak, the offense will need to play better if the team has any hope of making a run this season. Scoring only 2.4 goals per game, the Devils need the backend of their offense to step up as that has been the major downfall of the team. Miles Wood has 9 goals on the season while Pavel Zacha and Jack Hughes have 7 goals each, but the rest of the skaters are failing to generate any offense, especially in the offensive zone where the unit is intended to thrive.

Flyers offense fell flat in the last two games

The Flyers are in the race for the final playoff spot in the East Division but the defense has been a concern all season, as they allow 3.5 goals per game which are among the highest in the NHL. The backend of the unit has struggled but most importantly, the goaltending duo of Carter Hart and Brian Elliott has played poorly with both goalies saving less than .900 percent of shots.

While the defense has struggled, the offense fell flat against the Islanders as they only scored one goal in the final two games of the series. The offense will need to carry the team if the Flyers have any hope of making the playoffs. The Flyers are scoring 3.1 goals per game and the duo of James van Riemsdyk and Joel Farabee have combined for 26 goals on the top line. In addition, 7 of the Flyers skaters have 6 goals or more to give the offense three strong lines of offense and while Jakub Voracekonly has 5 goals, he leads the team in assists with 17.

The Bottom Line
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The Flyers have looked like a mess in recent games and it’s possible if the slump doesn’t end soon we can see some major changes to the team. While the Devils are red hot entering this game, they will have to face a Flyers offense that can expose their defense which has played well recently but has struggled at the blue line. Likewise, the Devils offense has still looked like a non-factor despite the team winning and the Flyers will have a major bounce-back game on the defensive side especially with Carter Hart finally finding a rhythm in the goal. Expect the Flyers to win this game and return to their winning ways.

Prediction:
Flyers (-160)

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The Flyers have one of the worst defenses in the NHL and the Devils should be able to pile on the goals as a result. However, the Devils have a struggling offense and seem to only score on the odd-man rushes and not in the offensive zone. The Flyers should be able to win at the blue line and as a result, the Flyers should be able to limit the Devils from finding the back of the net. In addition, the Devils defense has made massive improvements in the recent games and should be able to limit a good Flyers offense with the play from Ty Smith only getting better.

Prediction:
Under 6