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By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie)
On the heels of their convincing six-game victory over Stanley Cup favorite Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Flyers are scheduled to face yet another division rival. The New Jersey Devils, coming off a dramatic double-overtime Game 7 victory over the Southeast Division champions, the Florida Panthers, will pose a new test for the Flyers.
Unlike the high scoring Penguins, the Devils prefer to win relatively low-scoring, tight games. Their 64.9% winning percentage in one-goal games during the regular season was second only to the Tampa Bay Lightning. In addition, their league-leading penalty kill (89.6%) helps to keep opponents off the scoresheet. But this isn’t a trapping team full of role players like the great Devils teams of the late 90s and early 00s – Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise can both rightfully be ranked amongst the top 15 forwards in the world.
The Flyers faced the Devils in six contests during...