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Devils gear up for Philly showdown

Sunday, 04.11.2010 / 11:02 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils gear up for Philly showdown
Regular-season trends don’t always carry over into the playoffs. But the Devils know they will need to get better results against the Philadelphia Flyers in order to win their upcoming Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series.

Jersey’s Team beat Buffalo, 2-1, on Sunday to set up the I-95 showdown. The Devils clinched the second seed in the conference, and the Flyers topped the Rangers, 2-1 in a shootout, to lock up seventh.

The series opens Wednesday at Prudential Center.

The Devils' lone win against the Flyers in the regular season was a 4-1 decision at the Rock on Dec. 12. Patrik Elias scored twice and Martin Brodeur made 22 saves for the victory.

That snapped a string of back-to-back losses to the Flyers. The Devils went 0-2-1 in their last three encounters with their divisional rivals, most recently a 5-1 road loss on March 28.

"They controlled us pretty well," Jamie Langenbrunner said. "They stomped us the first game. We didn't play well in their building too many times. We need to understand what they do and be ready for that. I don't think we did that during the regular season. We weren't prepared mentally for the way they're going to play. We have to be disciplined, know the way they're going to play and take advantage of mistakes they make."

There wasn't one area that head coach Jacques Lemaire thought needed improvement against the Flyers.

"To me, everywhere," Lemaire said. "Our power play didn’t go well. Our penalty kill, not as good as it could be. Even the forechecking, and our chances – we have to get more chances."

New Jersey also hopes to rebound from back-to-back playoff exits. They were eliminated by the Rangers in 2008 after going 1-4-3 against them in the regular season. Last year, they lost in seven games to Carolina after posting a 1-3-0 mark in the season series.

This year, the Devils want to put their 1-4-1 regular-season record versus the Flyers in the past before starting the playoffs.

“Everybody’s going to tell you when the playoffs start, it’s a new season, so don’t even bother think about it,” Elias said Sunday.

This will be the fourth postseason meeting between the teams, and first since 2004, when the Devils dropped a five-game opening-round series.

Jersey’s Team iced the Flyers in six games of the 1995 Eastern Conference Finals before marching to the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. In the 2000 Conference Finals, the Devils famously rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Flyers and capture their second Cup.

“We’ll be fine,” said Zach Parise. “We’ll watch a lot of video, find out a lot of different tendencies and get prepared because it’s going to be tough.”

NJD NOTES
The Devils will have Monday off before returning to the ice for practice on Tuesday.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59