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The New Jersey Devils will try to bounce back
03-21-2019, 05:18 AM,
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The New Jersey Devils will try to bounce back
from their first loss of the season when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers for a Saturday matinee.The Devils (4-1) surrendered a 3-2 third-period lead and dropped a 5-3 decision on two late goals to the visiting Colorado Avalanche Thursday night.“We found a way to dig in there in the third and give ourselves a chance Authentic Derek Forbort Jersey Kids , but at that point we just have to make sure, with four minutes left, that we’re smart and protecting the house there,” Devils captain Andy Greene told NHL.com. “We needed to live to fight for another day and, at that point, make sure we play for the point and go from there.”Article continues below ...Taylor Hall had a goal and two assists, Nico Hischier had a goal and an assist Youth Dion Phaneuf Jersey , and Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves for New Jersey, which was last remaining undefeated team in the NHL and was denied a chance at its first 5-0 start since starting 1993-94 7-0.The Devils also lost a pair of skaters Thursday. Center Travis Zajac and defenseman Ben Lovejoy are both day-to-day with a lower body injury and won’t pay Saturday.On the plus side, the Devils activated goaltender Cory Schneider, who will head to Binghamton of the American Hockey League for a conditioning assignment. The 32-year-old is rehabbing after May 1 surgery to repair torn cartilage in his hip.“We want to see him get through a game, see how he responds to 60 minutes while working in more read-and-react situations than just practice,” Devils coach John Hynes told NHL.com. “It’s important for him to play a live-game situation against another opponent where the score of the game matters.”The Flyers are also coming off a Thursday night loss, 6-3 at Columbus.Philadelphia (3-4) has allowed 11 goals in its last two games Drew Doughty Jersey , though one was a 6-5 win over Florida.“It’s pretty embarrassing,” center Sean Couturier told NHL.com. “Offensively, we’re trying too much, making high-risk plays. We’re creating chances, but when we’re not, we’re giving up odd-man rushes and getting caught defensively. “It’s got to stop. This high-risk, almost summer hockey is getting out of hand.”Philadelphia has given up 31 goals in its first seven games. The last time they endured a similar stretch was 2008 when they allowed 32 goals in seven games. adStreetHockey.com.Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-a...own-jersey , and Claude Giroux had two assists for the Flyers. Calvin Pickard allowed six goals on 28 shots in his second start for Philadelphia.“What you see are at times is guys trying to do a little too much,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol told the team’s website. “When you try and extend a shift, try to make one more play, most times that’s when negative plays are going to come right back at you.”Kinkaid has started all five games for New Jersey and had 1.61 goals against average and a .941 save percentage. Versus the Flyers he’s 6-1 with a 2.38 GAA and .918 save percentage. Philadelphia’s Brian Elliott is 5-4 with a 2.69 GAA and .894 save percentage against the Devils.Devils right wing Kyle Palmieri is off to the best start of his NHL career with seven goals and eight points in five games.Flyers center Nolan Patrick was a full participant in practice Friday for the first time since suffering an upper-body injury in Ottawa, though his status for Saturday is uncertain. If the Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers are even in points, regulation and overtime wins, and goal differential at the end of the season Jake Muzzin Jersey , they will play a one-game tiebreaker to determine who goes to the playoffs.The NHL announced the unlikely but possible tiebreaker Friday as Philadelphia had one game and Florida two remaining. For the tiebreaker to happen on Tuesday, the Flyers would need to lose their regular-season finale Saturday against the New York Rangers by exactly two goals and the Panthers would need to beat the Buffalo Sabres and the Boston Bruins in a shootout Saturday and Sunday.In that case, Philadelphia and Florida would each have 39 regulation/overtime wins and a plus-1 goal differential over the season, since a shootout victory counts as a goal. The teams split their season series (which by rule eliminates the odd game between them to even out home ice) and the league does not have any further tiebreakers.Philadelphia has 96 points to Florida’s 92 and needs just a point against New York to clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.This most recently happened in 2000 when the NHL announced Montreal and Buffalo would play a tiebreaking game if they finished the season tied for the final spot in the East. It did not come down to that, but it’s the precedent the league used to make this decision.The league contacted the teams and the NHL Players’ Association before announcing the plan. After a coin flip was the mechanism in 2000, a lottery machine such as the one that determines the top three draft picks would be used this time to decide which team gets home-ice advantage.Panthers general manager Dale Tallon declined comment and a Flyers spokesman said GM Ron Hextall was not speaking about the tiebreaker.Given the tightness of the standings in the East and West, it’s likely this situation spawns a longer list of tiebreakers beginning next season. Records against common opponents and within the conference could be used Jeff Carter Jersey , as they are in the NFL.—
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