After the Carolina Hurricanes beat them at their own game on Tuesday night, the New Jersey Devils look to regroup against a surging Philadelphia Flyers team that has won 4 of their last 6 games. The Devils handled the Flyers with relative ease in their first matchup of the season, winning by a score of 3-0. Can the Devils regroup tonight and get an important two points against an execrated division rival? We’ll find out tonight at 7 p.m. EST, but for now let’s look at the Devil’s keys to success:
-Get the forecheck going early. The Devils waited way too long to play their game against the Hurricanes and it backfired on them. Big time. The ‘Canes imposed their will and strategy on the Devils and New Jersey just couldn’t regroup before Carolina gained full control of the game. Tonight, they need to put added focus on a quick transition game along the boards and to get the puck out of their own zone quickly. They spent too much time last game TRYING to get the puck out. It needs to be cleared…easiest way to end offensive pressure.
-Attack the Flyers defensemen by driving hard to the net (specifically David Clarkson).
-Shut down Claude Giroux. He is the heart and soul of this team and when he’s going, the Flyers are going. Also, the Devils need to limit Danny Briere and keep him to the outside. For some reason, Briere has been a Devil killer in his career, so keeping him off the score sheet would be a nice relief.
-Slow down Jakub Voracek cause when he gets his skating going, he is hard to stop. The Devils had a good taste of that in the playoffs last year.
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