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#19 New Jersey Devils 6 vs.
#20 Philadelphia Flyers -125
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 7:35pm EDT
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Written by Chris Kubala

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Two old rivals, both geographically and from the old Patrick Division, now brethren of the Metropolitan Division, take the ice in the City of Brotherly Love. The New Jersey Devils are on the road as they take the short trip to face the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night. New Jersey was pasted 7-2 by Buffalo on the road Saturday night in their last contest. Philadelphia is still shaking off jet lag after opening their season with a 4-3 win over Chicago in the NHL Global Games in Prague Friday afternoon. The teams split four meetings last season with the Flyers claiming a 6-3 road victory in the most recent matchup on March 1, 2019.

New Jersey Devils Try to Regroup After Beating

New Jersey is well-rested and that’s a good thing as perhaps the off days will help them get focused after a pasting in Buffalo. The Devils have had three days to regroup from that contest and try to turn things around as they make the short road trip here. New Jersey is tied for 15th in the league in lighting the lamp as they average three goals per contest. The Devils are a dismal 30th in the league in goals against as they surrender 5.50 goals per game. New Jersey is tied for 25th in the league in power play success as they have converted zero percent of their chances with the man advantage: they are zero for four thus far. The Devils are tied for 30th in the league in penalty killing as they have been successful in only 50 percent of their shorthanded situations this season.

New Jersey was taken to the woodshed on Saturday night as they closed the second game of a back to back with a thud. The Devils came in off a 5-4 shootout loss to Winnipeg in which they blew a four-goal lead and then were pasted in Buffalo. In the opening period, New Jersey was outshot 15-4 by the Sabres and trailed 2-0 after 20 minutes of play. The Devils were outshot 12-8 in the second period and outscored 3-1 to trail 5-1 after two periods of play. Kyle Palmieri made it a 2-1 game with his first of the season at the 37 second mark of the period off assists from Taylor Hall and Nico Hischler. New Jersey gave up the next three goals to make it a 5-1 game. The Devils were outshot 9-8 in the third period and were outscored 2-1 to finish the rout. Travis Zajac made it a 5-2 game with his first of the year at the 58 second mark off assists from Blake Coleman and Damon Severson. The Devils then gave up the final two goals to finish the one-sided defeat. Mackenzie Blackwood made 29 saves in the loss for New Jersey, who was outshot 36-20 in the game.

Philadelphia Flyers Happy to Be Home

Philadelphia spent most of the last couple of weeks in Europe preparing for the season opener against Chicago. Now that the contest is in the rearview mirror, the Flyers have to be happy to be back home on American soil as they prepare for their season to start in earnest. Philadelphia is tied for eighth in the league by putting up four goals a game on the year. The Flyers are tied for 14th in goals against by allowing three goals per game. Philadelphia is tied for fifth in the league as they’ve scored on 33.3 percent of their power play opportunities on the year. The Flyers do have work to do in the penalty killing department as the team is tied for 30th in penalty killing with a 50 percent success rate so far this season.

The Flyers and Blackhawks put on an entertaining game for the Prague crowd and Philadelphia has to be happy with earning the two points. In the opening period, the Flyers owned a 13-11 edge in shots but the teams skated off tied at one after 20 minutes of action. Travis Konecny opened the scoring for Philadelphia with his first of the year, unassisted, at the 6:24 mark: Chicago tied the game just 1:17 later. The second period saw the Flyers outshoot Chicago 16-7 and outscore them 2-1 to take a one-goal lead after 40 minutes. Oskar Lindblom gave the Flyers a 2-1 lead with his first of the season, on the power play, at 6:28 of the period. That goal was assisted by Konecny and Ivan Provorov. Konecny’s second of the game and the season at 18:04 off an assist from Scott Laughton gave Philadelphia a 3-1 lead but Chicago struck in the final minute of the period to make it 3-2 after two periods. In the final stanza, the Flyers were outshot 13-10 but both teams scored once to leave the Philadelphia margin intact. Michael Raffi netted the eventual game winner, his first of the year, at 9:48 off assists from Tyler Pitlick and Robert Hagg. Chicago drew within one again at 17:53 but couldn’t get the equalizer. Carter Hart made 28 saves for the Flyers, who outshot the Blackhawks 38-31 in the victory.

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New Jersey has struggled in their first two games this season. The Devils blew a four-goal lead as they were upended by the Jets in their opener and then was pasted by Buffalo on the road in their last game. Philadelphia has been resting and reacclimating to the Eastern time zone after spending time in Europe for the NHL Global Games. The Flyers picked up a win in that contest and they return home here to face a New Jersey team that has struggled on special teams in all facets. New Jersey is going to have their work cut out for themselves here: give the Flyers the upper hand as they prevail at home.

Prediction: Philadelphia Flyers -137

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New Jersey has to be better in their own zone and in the net if they hope to turn things around this season. The Devils have three days of rest to bounce back from their back to back defeats but that won't resolve the issue on its own. Philadelphia picked up a tough win in Prague over the Blackhawks and now return home for this contest. The Flyers showed their tenacity and Hart took some steps forward as he tries to prove he's ready for a full-time starting job between the pipes at this level. Will Philadelphia return home and deliver a victory here?

The over is 4-0 in the Devils' last 4 games as an underdog, 6-0 in their last six overall, 4-0 in their last four games against Eastern Conference foes and 6-2 in their last eight games on Wednesday. Philadelphia has seen the over go 4-0 in their last four overall, 6-1 in their last 7 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and 11-2 in their last 13 games playing on 3 or more days rest. Seeing how New Jersey has struggled in their own end this season, you have to think that the Flyers can capitalize to help push this one over the total.

Prediction: Over 6
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Written By Chris Kubala

Christopher Kubala has been crunching stats and following sports for over 30 years. His in-depth analysis and passion for sports have led him to writing books about sports, regularly being featured on sports talk radio and as the go-to person for any obscure trivia. Now he is writing for our team here at Winners @ Whiners. Chris keeps an eye on transactions and statistics like a hawk, especially when it comes to football, both the NFL and college. He is also very knowledgeable in the NHL, the NBA, college basketball and MLB. If you want consistency, then be sure and check out Chris’ content daily.