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Atlantic Division Clash To Pile Further Misery on Devils?

3/12/2010
Two sides from the Atlantic Division who have enjoyed (or in the case of the latter, endured) contrasting seasons so far face-off against each other this weekend as the Philadelphia Flyers entertain the struggling New Jersey Devils.

Though both sides made the play-offs last time out, the gulf between the two sides could not be bigger this season – with New Jersey sitting second from bottom in the entire league and Philadelphia level on points with third-placed Detroit.

As such it looks highly likely that more misery will be piled on the Devils in this clash as they struggle to build confidence following their 5-1 mauling at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens last time out, but there are at least some crumbs of comfort.

Having not only lost but been shut-out in their last game, Devils fans will be hoping that the Flyers’ hiccup continues into Saturday’s clash and that their forward line again misfires – however, with the Flyers currently second only to the Washington Capitals in the goal-scoring stakes, a second consecutive blank looks unlikely here.

Another problem for the Devils will be their own lack of a cutting edge in front of goal, with the team having officially scored the fewest goals in the National Hockey League. While the side have always been one of the more defence-minded teams in the division, the problem is that they’re leaking goals as well, giving them the second-worst goal difference in the league ahead of only bottom-placed New York Islanders.

As such, all the signs ahead of the game certainly point to a home-ice victory, but if things can fall into place for the Devils this weekend, there’s no telling what a huge boast it could be to their ailing season.
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