NJD Preview: Devils vs. Flyers
Friday, 10.24.2008 / 7:00 PM
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The Devils look to stay on a winning track when they open a home-and-home with the Philadelphia Flyers tonight in Newark (7 p.m., MSG Plus, WFAN 660 AM).
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New Jersey (5-1-0) has won three in a row, including Wednesday's 5-0 victory over the Dallas Stars.
earned his 98th career shutout leaving him six shy of breaking Terry Sawchuk's NHL record. The four-time Vezina Trophy winner needs nine more victories to top Patrick Roy's 551 on the career list.
"We made the most of our scoring opportunities. Marty made a couple of big saves at key times," Devils head coach Brent Sutter said. "It was a real solid win here tonight."
It was Brodeur's second shutout in the past three games, and he has allowed eight goals in six starts. That puts his goals-against average at 1.30, nearly a goal less than his career mark of 2.20.
Brodeur is 42-21-1 with six ties, eight shutouts and a 2.41 GAA against Philadelphia. The 42 wins are his most against any opponent.
The Devils' recent success could also be attributed to a newly-resurgent offense, which has scored eight goals in two contests. New Jersey posted just six tallies through the first four games of 2008-09.
John Madden scored twice, and Devils' leading scorer Zach Parise
(4g-3a-7pts) added a goal and an assist in Wednesday's win. Jamie Langenbrunner
and David Clarkson
each picked up his first goal of the season.
New Jersey has won 12 straight home meetings with Philadelphia since a 3-1 loss on March 9, 2004. The Devils went 6-2-0 against the Flyers last season, improving to 18-5-1 versus their Atlantic Division rivals since the start of the 2005-06 season.
The teams will drop the puck Saturday afternoon for a 4 p.m. start at Wachovia Center.
The Flyers are the NHL's lone winless team, and will try to register their first victory of the season against a Devils team they haven't beaten on the road since 2004.
Philadelphia has scored 20 goals to rank among the top 10 teams in the league, but has surrendered 28. Goaltender Martin Biron has a 5.00 GAA, allowing 15 goals in his four games, while Antero Niittymaki's GAA is at 3.81. The two have combined for an .857 save percentage.
Last season, Biron and Niittymaki combined for a 2.73 GAA and a .913 save percentage, helping Philadelphia reach the Eastern Conference finals.
In a 7-6 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, Philadelphia tied the game four times, including a rally from a 6-4 deficit in the third period. However, Biron gave up goals to both shooters in the shootout after entering the game in the second in place of Niittymaki, who surrendered four goals on just 15 shots.
The Flyers have lost all three games that have gone past regulation this season, also falling twice in overtime. The Flyers went 3-6 in shootouts and dropped five of eight overtime contests in 2007-08.
with wire services