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With Martin Brodeur out, the New Jersey Devils have mostly struggled. However, two encouraging performances by his backup have them hoping they're on the verge of turning things around.
The inconsistent Philadelphia Flyers are hoping the same thing after breaking a three-game losing streak their last time out.
New Jersey hosts Philadelphia on Wednesday night in the opener of a home-and-home series, with the Devils looking to extend their recent domination of the series.
New Jersey (12-9-5) has lost seven of nine since Brodeur began to suffer from back soreness during warmups Feb. 24. They've yielded 3.8 goals per game in that stretch compared to 2.2 in the first 17 - 13 of which were played in by Brodeur.
Johan Hedberg has gotten the majority of work in Brodeur's absence and has had his issues, posting an .855 save percentage in eight starts since the injury and getting pulled twice in that span.
He's been better of late, however, helping his team to 3-2 shootou...
BEST OF MAXIM
Ilya Kovalchuk capped New Jersey's three-goal first period with his NHL-leading fourth short-handed goal, and the Devils beat the mistake-prone Philadelphia Flyers, 5-2, on Wednesday night.
Patrik Elias and Adam Henrique, who scored twice, also tallied in the opening period as the Devils beat the Flyers for the third time in three games this season. Andrei Loktionov had the...
The Devils arguably played their best hockey of the season and it came against one of the Devils biggest rivals in the league, the Philadelphia Flyers. The Devils were able to score 5 goals in the game as they blew out the Flyers 5-2 in front off another sold out crowd at the Prudential Center. Adam Henrique added a pair of goals with Kovalchuk, Elias, and Loktionov, all adding goal...
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By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo)
Four points ahead of the 11th place Philadelphia Flyers, the New Jersey Devils will look to gain more ground on their Atlantic Division rival when they host the Flyers for the third and final time this year and begin their fourth home-and-home series of the season.
Winning two out of their last three games, the Devils...