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Game One Preview: Devils Open At Home Against The Flyers

The Matchup: The Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-0) face off against the New Jersey Devils (0-0-0). This is the first game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals matchup.

Season Series: The Flyers won five of six from the Devils, marking the first time since 1989-99 that the Flyers won five games from their rivals. In the final matchup of the season, the Flyers defeated the Devils, 5-1, knocking out Martin Brodeur after the second period. Claude Giroux and Chris Pronger led Philadelphia in scoring in the season series, each totaling seven points. Patrik Elias led all Devils’ scorers with two goals and five assists. Brodeur, however, didn’t fare to well, going 1-4-1 with a 3.34 goals-against average.

Series Scope: This is the fourth meeting between the rivals in the postseason. The Devils won the first two matchups, the 1995 and 2000 Eastern Conference finals, en route to two Stanley Cup victories. The Flyers finally defeated the Devils in 2004, beating them in five games in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Tonight’s Matchup: The biggest thing is to get off to a good start. The Flyers, who have been on a tear as of late, are going to come out and play physical. The Devils’ need to match their intensity hit for hit and shift for shift. If the Devils can do that, they’ll have a pretty solid base to build on.

Just meeting the energy of the Flyers won’t be enough. The Devils need to pressure the Flyers and Brian Boucher. He’s been solid his past few starts, but Boucher isn’t great. We’ve seen him make simple mistakes time and time again. If the Devils can get some early pressure on the defense, they should be able to force an early goal. If the Devils can get on the board first, it will give them an early edge in momentum, which never hurts.

While it’s only game one, it’s always nice to win the first game. Gametime is 7:30 p.m., and you can catch all the action on MSGPlus (in the New York area). Check back here with The Devils’ Den for a live game blog, beginning at 7:15 p.m.

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