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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 4/18/2013Line$ LineOU LineScore



NEW JERSEY (15-17-0-10, 40 pts.) at PHILADELPHIA (19-21-0-3, 41 pts.)
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Thursday, 4/18/2013 7:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
55NEW JERSEY+125Ov 5.5,+125+110Ov 5.5,+125
56PHILADELPHIA-145Un 5.5,-145-130Un 5.5,-145
NEW JERSEY - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games15-27-0-16.515-27-16.516-192.328.52.723.6
Team Stats (Road Games)5-16-0-11.55-16-11.58-
Last 5 Games0-5-0-5.80-5-5.81-31.432.02.817.2
vs. Division8-6-0+1.68-6+1.65-82.626.32.325.4
NEW JERSEY Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)42962236353411958.0%1582415.2%147
Team Stats (Road Games)214251918015997.0%731115.1%63
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)57124001604.4%2613.8%8
Team Stats (vs. Division)14371114120236810.1%56916.1%65
Stats Against (All Games) 115283344101299111.6%1462718.5%184
Stats Against (Road Games) 621017278949612.5%741520.3%99
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 14544128616.3%16212.5%22
Stats Against (vs. Division) 3211811213559.0%571221.1%54
NEW JERSEY - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARTIN BRODEUR (All Games)252557551890.1%310-15-810-15-0-68-12
MARTIN BRODEUR (Road Games)111125122589.6%23-8-5.23-8-0-53-3
MARTIN BRODEUR (vs. Division)8820718890.8%15-3+1.55-3-0+23-5
MARTIN BRODEUR (Last 4 Games)44675785.1%10-4-4.50-4-0-41-2
JEFF FRAZEE (All Games)1033100.0%00-000-0-000-0
JEFF FRAZEE (Road Games)1033100.0%00-000-0-000-0
JOHAN HEDBERG (All Games)171739635188.6%05-12-8.45-12-0-88-7
JOHAN HEDBERG (Road Games)101023921288.7%02-8-6.22-8-0-65-5
JOHAN HEDBERG (vs. Division)6614813691.9%03-3+0.23-3-002-3
JOHAN HEDBERG (Last 4 Games)44918391.2%01-3-2.21-3-0-21-2
KEITH KINKAID (All Games)10131292.3%00-000-0-000-0
KEITH KINKAID (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KEITH KINKAID (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
KEITH KINKAID (Last 4 Games)10131292.3%00-000-0-000-0

PHILADELPHIA - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games19-24-0-5.519-24-5.521-202.829.03.028.0
Team Stats (Home Games)13-8-0+3.413-8+3.411-
Last 5 Games2-3-0-0.62-3-0.62-32.627.22.631.0
vs. Division5-11-0-5.85-11-5.89-72.627.93.227.9
PHILADELPHIA Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)431194639313612499.5%1623622.2%206
Team Stats (Home Games)21632321163563210.0%712129.6%110
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513652011369.6%20315.0%22
Team Stats (vs. Division)1641191011124479.2%541629.6%73
Stats Against (All Games) 131443648310120410.9%1672615.6%224
Stats Against (Home Games) 58171722256019.7%851112.9%92
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 13346021558.4%16318.7%23
Stats Against (vs. Division) 511614192444611.4%641218.7%86
PHILADELPHIA - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
BRIAN BOUCHER (All Games)41554989.1%00-1-10-1-0-10-1
BRIAN BOUCHER (Home Games)20171588.2%00-000-0-000-0
BRIAN BOUCHER (vs. Division)106583.3%00-000-0-000-0
BRIAN BOUCHER (Last 4 Games)41554989.1%00-1-10-1-0-10-1
ILYA BRYZGALOV (All Games)3838101491089.7%218-20-2.718-20-0-120-17
ILYA BRYZGALOV (Home Games)202054149290.9%012-8+2.112-8-0+310-10
ILYA BRYZGALOV (vs. Division)141436632588.8%14-10-6.14-10-0-58-6
ILYA BRYZGALOV (Last 4 Games)441059388.6%02-2+0.62-2-0+12-2
MICHAEL LEIGHTON (All Games)11262180.8%00-1-10-1-0-10-0
MICHAEL LEIGHTON (Home Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MICHAEL LEIGHTON (vs. Division)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
MICHAEL LEIGHTON (Last 4 Games)11262180.8%00-1-10-1-0-10-0
STEVE MASON (All Games)171444740690.8%25-9-2.75-9-0-39-5
STEVE MASON (Home Games)7617716191.0%04-2+3.24-2-0+35-1
STEVE MASON (vs. Division)8621620193.1%12-4-1.62-4-0-23-3
STEVE MASON (Last 4 Games)431019594.1%11-2-0.81-2-0-11-2
Average power rating of opponents played: NEW JERSEY 3.16,  PHILADELPHIA 3.1
NEW JERSEY - Schedule
3/23/2013FLORIDA2-1W0, -200W5 ovU
3/25/2013at OTTAWA2-3L0, +120L5 unP
3/29/2013at TAMPA BAY4-5L0, +105L5.5 unO
3/30/2013at FLORIDA2-3L0, -110L5 ovP
4/1/2013NY ISLANDERS1-3L0, -115L5 ovU
4/4/2013at BOSTON0-1L0, +160L5 unU
4/6/2013TORONTO1-2L0, -130L5 ovU
4/7/2013at BUFFALO2-3L0, -105L5 unP
4/10/2013BOSTON4-5L0, +120L5 unO
4/12/2013OTTAWA0-2L0, -145L5 unU
4/15/2013at TORONTO0-2L0, +135L5 ovU
4/18/2013at PHILADELPHIA 
4/21/2013at NY RANGERS 
4/27/2013at NY RANGERS 

3/24/2013at PITTSBURGH1-2L0, +170L6 ovU
3/26/2013NY RANGERS2-5L0, -120L5 ovO
3/28/2013NY ISLANDERS3-4L0, -135L5.5 ovO
3/30/2013BOSTON3-1W0, +130W5.5 unU
3/31/2013WASHINGTON5-4W0, -120W5.5 ovO
4/3/2013MONTREAL5-3W0, +115W5.5 unO
4/4/2013at TORONTO5-3W0, +140W5.5 ovO
4/6/2013at WINNIPEG1-4L0, -105L5.5 ovU
4/9/2013at NY ISLANDERS1-4L0, +120L5.5 ovU
4/11/2013OTTAWA1-3L0, -135L5.5 unU
4/13/2013at BUFFALO0-1L0, -110L5.5 ovU
4/15/2013at MONTREAL7-3W0, +160W5.5 unO
4/16/2013NY RANGERS4-2W0, +130W5.5 unO
4/18/2013NEW JERSEY 
4/20/2013at CAROLINA 
4/25/2013NY ISLANDERS 
4/27/2013at OTTAWA 

LAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Lost to Los Angeles Kings, 4-2 in Stanley Cup final.

COACH: Peter DeBoer, 2nd season with Devils, 48-28-6; 5th overall, 151-135-42 in NHL.

ADDED: RW Bobby Butler, RW Krys Barch, LW Mathieu Darche (tryout).

LOST: LW Zach Parise, RW Petr Sykora, LW Alexei Ponikarovsky.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Ilya Kovalchuk. With Parise playing for the Wild and the Devils' decision not to re-sign Sykora, Kovalchuk (37 goals) has to produce more to make up for the loss of 52 goals.

OUTLOOK: Despite losing Parise, their captain, the Devils return most of the players that came up two wins shy of a Stanley Cup. Martin Brodeur remains one of the league's top goaltenders at 40, and this veteran team has the potential to improve playing a second season under Peter DeBoer.


LAST SEASON:47-26-9,103 points. Lost to New Jersey Devils 4-1 in second round.

COACH: Peter Laviolette, 4th season with Flyers, 122-73-26; 11th season overall, 366-257-25-60 in NHL.

ADDED: D Luke Schenn, LW Ruslan Fedotenko, D Bruno Gervais.

LOST: RW Jaromir Jagr, G Sergei Bobrovsky, RW James van Riemsdyk, D Matt Carle, D Pavel Kubina

PLAYER TO WATCH: G Ilya Bryzgalov. Bryzgalov made few fans in his first season in Philadelphia with his quirky personality and erratic play. He had his moments of proving he was worth the $51 million, nine-year deal he signed, but he'll need more of them in the playoffs to win a Stanley Cup.

OUTLOOK: The Flyers have one of the best players in the game in team captain Claude Giroux, but the thin defense needs improvement and Bryzgalov has to improve if Philadelphia is going win its first Stanley Cup since 1975.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (NEW JERSEY-PHILADELPHIA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Devils-Flyers Preview* =======================


New Jersey (15-17-10) at Philadelphia (19-21-3), 7:30 p.m. EDT

The New Jersey Devils knew they would have a difficult time replacing the production of Ilya Kovalchuk when the star winger went down with an injury more than three weeks ago, but few could've expected a slump like this.

Kovalchuk could be back in uniform for Thursday night's road contest versus the Philadelphia Flyers as both teams look to improve their slim playoff chances.

New Jersey was in seventh place in the Eastern Conference when Kovalchuk suffered a shoulder injury in a 2-1 win over Florida on March 23. The Devils (15-17-10) have dropped 10 straight since, scoring 16 goals in that span.

The defending conference champions outshot their last two opponents 65-24 but lost 2-0 in both contests, Friday to Ottawa and Monday to Toronto. They have lost five times when allowing 18 or fewer shots during the skid.

New Jersey trails the New York Rangers for the final East playoff spot with six games remaining, and would have to pass four teams to get in. The Devils haven't gone winless in 11 straight since an 0-7-4 slide in 1990-91.

"I think we could have won our last six or seven games, and I don't doubt that we can win six or seven in a row," coach Peter DeBoer said. "We don't have to change a lot to do that other than to score a few goals."

Kovalchuk, whose 10 goals and 17 assists have him second on the team in points behind Patrik Elias with 31, could provide a boost if he's able to return Thursday. He has recorded two goals and four assists as the Devils have gone 3-0-1 versus the Flyers this season.

Kovalchuk has 10 goals and 20 assists in 28 games versus the Flyers since being traded to New Jersey in February 2010.

Philadelphia (19-21-3), one point ahead of the Devils, has won two straight after beating the Rangers 4-2 on Tuesday. The Flyers have scored 11 goals in those contests after netting three while dropping their previous four games.

"Anything can happen," winger Brayden Schenn told the team's official website after scoring his eighth goal. "We are not going to quit, whether we are five points back or three points back. We are going to fight until the end and there are still ten points up for grabs for us. A lot can happen so we're going to keep on fighting until the end."

Steve Mason, acquired from Columbus at the trade deadline, made 38 saves as Ilya Bryzgalov got the night off. Coach Peter Laviolette is likely to turn back to Bryzgalov, 5-2-0 with a 3.01 goals-against average in his last seven starts.

"We're in a hole," Laviolette said. "We put ourselves here and we accept that. I think it's important that we just keep fighting. To continue to compete and to continue to push, I'm proud of the guys."

Bryzgalov made 27 saves in a 2-1 shootout win over the Devils in the last meeting March 15 that ended Philadelphia's seven-game losing streak in the series. However, he allowed 12 goals while dropping the first three matchups this season.

He's likely to be opposed by Martin Brodeur, who has started every game of New Jersey's losing streak. He's 3-1-0 with a 1.50 GAA in his last four versus the Flyers.

Last Updated: 4/25/2018 7:22:40 PM EST

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