Are the Devils really as good as their recent play is dictating or are they just playing over their heads? Maybe it's a little of both? I've been loving how this team is playing together but at the same time I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. Tonight, the Devils head back out on the road, perfect road record in hand and go to my least favorite place in the entire NHL....Philadelphia.
The Matchup: The Matchup: The New Jersey Devils (14-4-0) @ the Philadelphia Flyers (10-5-1). This is the second meeting of the season.
The Last Devils Game: The Capitals got up quickly on the Devils 2-0 (again) and then let NJ score 5 unanswered goals.
The Last Flyers Game: Flyers tried to mount a 3rd period come back but came up short against the Sabres and lost 3-2.
The Last Devils / Flyers Game: Opening night at the Rock and the night belonged to Ray Emery.The Flyers routed the Devils in their building 5-2 and had NJ fans feeling a little uneasy about their team.
Tonights Matchup: Keep at it. The Devils have put together an impressive win streak, both on the road and just in general but the wins haven't been easy wins. The Flyers are a tough team and Philadelphia is a tough place to play. The Devils can't keep letting teams get a decent lead in the first period and expect that they will overcome that deficit every time.
The Flyers are honoring Dave "The Hammer" Schultz before the game so emotions will be a little high to start for the Flyers. Schultz was one of the best enforcers to play the game and hopefully his presence in the building won't influence the Flyers play tonight but just in case, NJ needs to be ready.
I would assume tonight's lines would be the same as they were on Saturday but I would expect Lemaire to mix them around a bit during the game as the 4th line doesn't pose too much of a threat as Clarkson can't do it all himself. Keep an eye on Left Wing Lock for goalie confirmations but honestly believe it should be Broduer vs Emery. The Flyers average 16.9/PIM's a game so if the Devils are going to win this game, they have to cash in on the chances given to them on the PP.
The Devils have a chance to tie the record for consecutive road wins to begin the season. If the Devils do tie that record, it would be a significant feat considering the quality of opponents played on the road during these 10 games