2010 NHL Playoffs: Devils vs. Flyers

New Jersey Devils (2) vs. Philadelphia Flyers (7)

The Devils are the #2 seed in the East. Quelle surprise? New Jersey has been a model of playoff consistency.

With Jacque Lemaire behind the bench (as he was back in 1993 when the modern Devils era began), New Jersey relies on strong team play focus on stopping you from scoring. This successful organizational strategy is anchored by future Hall of Fame inductee, Martin Brodeur.

Brodeur may not be exactly the same goalie he once was, but he is still better than 95% of the rest of the league. Combine that with having a organization that has been playing this system to perfection since I was in junior high, and things don’t bode well for the Flyers who barely squeaked into the playoffs.

Despite all that Philly somehow managed to go 5-1 versus the Devils this season. Before looking at that stat I would have been suggesting an easy time for the devils, but I am always wary when I team that back into the playoffs has a seemingly dominant record against their division leader.

For whatever reason the Flyers seem to play New Jersey tough. That’s why I think this could be a long series, and I can see either team winning.

If I had to bet: I’d take the Devils in 7 because I think this series will have a couple of shifts in momentum, but ultimately the Devils will persevere with goaltending and defense.

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