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#465 New Jersey Devils vs.
#466 Philadelphia Flyers
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 6:00pm EDT
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
Written by Valdis Pans

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Playing the second contest of a back-to-back set, the New Jersey Devils (7th in East Division) will be trying to end a nine-game losing run while paying a visit to the Philadelphia Flyers (6th in the East), who have triumphed in just two of their past seven outings.

Devils Drop Ninth Straight

A season-high ninth consecutive defeat (0-9-0) was served for the New Jersey Devils (14-27-6), who were beaten with a count of 4-2 by the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena yesterday afternoon. Playing their third consecutive road game against the Pens following 7-6 and 5-1 setbacks on Tuesday and Thursday respectively, the Devils were outshot just by a single attempt (37-36), but failed to kill their only penalty and went 0-for-2 with the man-advantage, eventually cutting Pittsburgh’s initial 3-0 lead to 3-2 in the third period, only for the hosts to round off the game with an empty-netter 0.1 seconds from time. Jack Hughes (11 goals, 25 points this year) and Miles Wood (15 goals, 22 points) scored for New Jersey, which has won just one of its last 14 games (1-11-2).

Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood (9-16-3 on the season with a 3.10 GAA and a .900 save percentage) stopped 33 shots on his return from an upper-body injury yesterday, but is expected to vacate the crease for Scott Wedgewood ahead of the upcoming contest. Wedgewood is 3-6-3 for the ongoing campaign with a 3.04 GAA and a .899 save percentage and has registered a 1-2-0 past total against the Philadelphia Flyers with a 3.33 GAA and a .872 save percentage. The Devils are 5th in least goals scored per game this year (2.51), 3rd in most goals given up on average (3.45), 3rd worst in power play (12.7%) and bottom of the league in penalty kill (69.5%).

Flyers Lose In Manhattan

The Philadelphia Flyers (21-19-7) were beaten for the third time in their past four games (1-2-1) after failing to sweep their two-game road set against the New York Rangers, following up Thursday’s 3-2 victory with a 4-1 setback at Madison Square Garden on Friday. The Flyers outshot the hosts 27-24, but went just 1-for-2 on penalty kill, failed to convert on both opportunities with the man-advantage, including a 5-on-3 for 1:21 in the second period while trailing 2:1, and had a goal disallowed in the final third with the score set at 3:1. Oskar Lindblom (7 goals, 12 points this year) buried the only marker for Philly, which has managed to score just 12 goals in its last seven matchups (2-4-1).

Goalie Alex Lyon (0-2-0 this season with a 4.23 GAA and a .865 save percentage) made 20 saves on Friday, but is set to step aside for Brian Elliott ahead of the upcoming contest. Elliott, who has posted a 12-6-2 total for the ongoing campaign with a 2.88 GAA and a .895 save percentage, has picked up a 7-6-0 past total against the New Jersey Devils with a 2.80 GAA and a .889 save percentage. The Flyers, meanwhile, are 14th in least goals buried per game this year (2.77), 2nd in most goals conceded on average (3.49), 19th in power play (19.6%) and 2nd from the bottom in penalty kill (73.9%).

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The Flyers have been a constant source of disappointment lately, following up a victory with two defeats on the last four occasions. Still, do expect a rare win from Philly on Sunday, as the team is set to face off against an even worse opponent. Already eliminated from the playoff contention, the Devils have managed to win just one of their last 14 overall matchups, dropping the most recent nine in a row without gathering a single point. They are riding a five-game losing skid on the road and have registered four defeats in their past five outings played on the second day of a back-to-back stretch. Most importantly, New Jersey has collected just two victories in its previous seven games against the Flyers, who have beaten the Devils by at least two snipes in nine of their last 10 victories against them.

Prediction: Philadelphia Flyers -1.5 (+135)

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When playing with no rest, the Devils have gone below the set goal-mark on five of the last seven occasions. Five of their last six Sunday outings have also turned into low-scoring matchups, while four of the most recent five overall fixtures of the Flyers have all been decided within the limits of just five markers, averaging no more than 3.25 tallies per clash. Out of the 19 previous contests between the two teams in Philadelphia, 13 have delivered just a minimal number of goals. So, do bank on this one to witness no more than five snipes on the scoresheet once again!

Prediction: Under 6
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