Despite losing five of the six regular season games against the Philadelphia Flyers, the New Jersey Devils will try to turn things around tonight at 7:30 PM ET at the Prudential Center in the first game of the NHL playoffs.
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The Devils were a good team ATS with a 47-34 record, but now everything changes here; the road to a Stanley Cup begins from scratch.
New Jersey is 13-7 ATS in home games where the total is 5 or less. Meanwhile, the Flyers are 12-21 ATS when playing against a team with a winning record.
Despite that the Devils were crush by the Flyers in the regular season series, keep in mind that they are 22-10 ATS revenging a loss versus an opponent.
Consider also that this will mark the Devils' 13th straight year in the playoffs. They haven't done much though since winning the Stanley Cup in 2003. They have lost two times in a row in the first round; including giving up two goals in the final 1:20 of regulation in Game 7 against Carolina to blow the series last season.
Martin Brodeur, who has led New Jersey to three Stanley Cups, has started 176 postseason games and posted a 45-25-6 record with nine shutouts and 2.24 goals against the average. However, Brodeur was highly criticized by the media and the fans at the Olympics where he gave up some easy goals in crucial moments.
Philadelphia on the other hand struggled at the end of the season, recording a 5-7-1 mark that almost cost them a spot in the playoffs.
Also keep in mind that Philadelphia outscored the Devils 20-13 in the season series, limiting New Jersey to five goals on 32 Power Play opportunities.