Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils

 

 

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After an impressive 2-0 victory against the New York Islanders, the New Jersey Devils will host the Philadelphia Flyers with hopes to continue their impressive season. The Flyers are hoping to get back on track considering they lost back-to-back games to the Boston Bruins. With the East Division shaping up to be the most competitive in the NHL, this mini-series can be pivotal as the season progresses.

Flyers star goalie has struggled as of late

Carter Hart is one of the best young goaltenders in the NHL. Unfortunately, Hart has allowed 4 goals or more in each of his last 3 starts, each of which have resulted in losses for the Flyers. Considering that Hart led the Flyers to one of the best records in the Eastern Conference last season, his improvement should be inevitable but if he continues to struggle, the Flyers can be in serious trouble.

Aside from Hart struggling, the defense hasn’t been helpful this season either, with Ivan Provorov being the only defenseman with more than 10 blocked shots on the season. The offense meanwhile has been the strength of the Flyers led by center Travis Konecny’s 5 goals and Kevin Hayes’s 3 goals and 8 points. the Flyers are even finding production offensively in their later lines as the 22-year-old center Nolan Patrick has 4 points on the season thus far.

Devils young core continues to lead the way

The Devils have been one of the more intriguing teams to watch this season considering they were among the worst in the NHL last season. The Devils are carried by their young core of stars including Jack Hughes, who scored one of the two goals for the Devils in the recent victory, and rookie defenseman Ty Smith, who has started out his NHL career with a 5-game point streak.

Ty Smith is emerging as a top-line defenseman as he leads the Devils in assists with 5 to start the season. Along with Smith, the top-line offensive duo of Miles Wood and Jack Hughes have combined for 6 goals to start the season and 11 points. While the Devils have struggled defensively, the pairing of Damon Severson and Dmitry Kulikov have combined for 19 blocked shots on the season.

The Bottom Line
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The Flyers have struggled lately but it’s important to keep in mind that they faced a Boston Bruins team that is poised to be the best team in the East Division and possibly the NHL. The Flyers have looked good for most of the season as they handled the Penguins and the Sabres prior to facing the Bruins. Expect the Flyers to bounce back against a Devils team that is good but has struggled at times defensively. The defensive struggles should allow the Flyers scorers like Kevin Hayes, and Claude Giroux to find multiple opportunities to score and give the Flyers the victory.

Prediction:
Flyers (-153)

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While Carter hart is expected to improve in goal, the Flyers, and Devils’ strength lies in their offense. The Devils’ offensive scores in Jack Hughes and Miles Wood should be able to crash the boards against a struggling Flyers defense while defenseman Ty Smith should continue to play well on the offensive end. The Flyers offense should be able to pick apart the struggling Devils defense whether it be from top-line scorers like Kevin Hayes or later line scorers like Nolan Patrick. The Over should cover as a result of both offenses piling on the goals.

Prediction:
Over 5.5