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Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils – NHL Playoff Series Preview

Martin Brodeur and Danny BriereThe Philadelphia Flyers have been surrounded by drama all year long from start and now to finish. With the signing of Ray Emery, Chris Pronger, and Ian Laperriere the Flyers put a lot of chips on the table hoping to go right after the Stanley Cup instantly.

Chris Pronger oddly enough has won the Stanley Cup in the first year of every new team he has joined. The Flyers closed their season with a shoot-out win over the New York Rangers in what most called the most exciting and intense regular season game in years. The Flyers now go into the Playoffs knowing they have to face a commonly faced enemy in the New Jersey Devils.

The Flyers in five games they faced the Devils this year went 4-1 against New Jersey and outscored them 13-20. The Devils and the Flyers will be meeting for the fourth time in a Stanley Cup Playoff series. New Jersey has won two of the previous three postseason matchups — the 1995 and 2000 Conference Finals en route to capturing the Stanley Cup both seasons.

The New Jersey Devil’s goalie Martin Brodeur, who struggled at times this year, has been on fire in the last seven games he played this season only allowing seven goals. Flyers forward Daniel Briere had six points in the team’s final seven regular-season games, plus a big shootout goal in the last game to help clinch a playoff birth. Langenbrunner had only one point, a goal on Sunday, in his past seven games of the regular season.

In 27 games with the Devils, left wing Ilya Kovalchuk finished with 10 goals, 27 points and a plus-9 rating. He leads all players in this series with 41 goals and 85 points. “They controlled us pretty well,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner told The Bergen Record. “They stomped us the first game [5-2 on opening night] and we didn’t play well in their building too many times. We’ve got to understand what they do and be ready for that. I don’t think we did that during the regular season.”

Keys for the Philadelphia Flyers: Power Play, staying out of the box, Hartnell playing like a player that should be on a second line, grit, desperation, and desire. Desire is key for me. The Flyers have to show they belong, and want to stay in the Playoffs or else they will be open for golf the rest of the summer come Wednesday April 21st. Let’s hope golf isn’t in the near future!

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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