New Jersey Devils get Iced in Philly
New York, NY - Philly fans know the good news about the Flyers 4-3 shootout win over the Devils in the preseason opener on Tuesday, but what about the Devils fans? Well, I will break down the good, the bad and the ugly in last night's tight loss.
The Good: New Jersey bounced back from a 2-0 Flyer lead thanks to goals from Dainius Zubrus and Jamie Langenbrunner. It puts general manager Lou Lamoriello in a difficult situation as each were mentioned in the rumor winds to be on their way out should the Devils backs be put against the wall in order to become cap compliant.
More good news: The play of defenseman Henrik Tallinder, who was a +1 and a team-high 24:03 of ice time, showed signs of his offensive presence and strength on the back end. He contributed assists in two Devils goals. Fellow defenceman Alexander Urbom also contributed a pair of helpers. The play backup keeper Johan Hedberg proved to, thus far, be an excellent addition to the club's goaltending squad as he stopped 11 of 13 shots in the match.
The head scratching news for New Jersey, and it may also be bad news, is that there was no Martin Brodeur in net while the top line of Zach Parise, Travis Zajac and Illya Kovalchuk did not make the trip. Even though it is the pre-season, one does wonder if the trio missed on a good opportunity to click as a line immediately.
The Ugly: The Devils certainly lacked in discipline, and it hurt them on the score-board as they provided the Flyers with ample opportunities to earn the victory.
New Jersey looks to improve on a solid performance, with a home-and-home against the New York Rangers on Thursday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, and again on Saturday at the Prudential Center. The regular season for New Jersey starts on Friday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. against the Dallas Stars.