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(5) Flyers - (6) Devils preview - 04-29-12

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

(3) Flyers vs. (6) Devils

Flyers Leading Postseason Scorer: Claude Giroux (right), 14 points (six goals, eight assists).

Devils Leading Postseason Scorer: Travis Zajac, six points (three goals, three assists).

Flyers Expected Starting Goaltender: Ilya Bryzgalov, 4-2, 3.89 GAA, .871 SV%.

Devils Expected Starting Goaltender: Martin Brodeur, 4-2, 2.06 GAA, .922 SV%.

Flyers Postseason Statistics

Devils Postseason Statistics

Flyers Injuries: Defenseman Nicklas Grossman ("upper body") is questionable. Defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon ("upper body") is doubtful. Right wingers Ian Laperriere (head), Tim Sestito (groin), defensemen Andrej Meszaros (back), Chris Pronger (head) and center Blair Betts (knee) are on injured reserve.

Devils Injuries: Center Jacob Josefsen (wrist) is out. Defenseman Henrik Tallinder (blood clot - leg) is on injured reserve.

Flyers with Stanley Cup bling: Ilya Bryzgalov, G; Jaromir Jagr, RW; Pavel Kubina, D; Andreas Lilja, D; Chris Pronger, D; Maxime Talbot, C.

Devils with Stanley Cup bling: Ryan Carter, C; Martin Brodeur, G; Patrik Elias, C; Petr Sykora, RW.

Something worthwhile about the Flyers: The Flyers lead the postseason with a power-play success rate of 52.2 percent.

Something worthwhile about the Devils: The Devils have the NHL's worst postseason faceoff winning percentage with 45.6.

Something useless about the Flyers that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins left winger Dave Schultz holds the Flyers' postseason record for penalty minutes in a series. He racked up 116 penalty minutes against the Maple Leafs in a six-game quarterfinal series in 1976.

Something useless about the Devils that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins right winger Doug Brown holds the Devils' postseason record for goals by a rookie. He had five in the 1988 postseason.

Former Penguins on the Flyers: Jaromir Jagr, RW; Joe Mullen, assistant coach; Simon Nolet, scout; Maxime Talbot, C.

Former Penguins on the Devils: Johan Hedberg, G; Alexei Ponikarovsky, LW; Petr Sykora, RW.

Who needs to be the difference for the Flyers: Ilya Bryzgalov. He won't get a break this series like he did against the Penguins. He can't allow sloppy goals. His counterpart in New Jersey's cage won't be allowing too many.

Who needs to be the difference for the Devils: Anton Volchenkov, Zach Parise,  Zajac (above), Andy Greene, etc. The Devils' penalty kill must improve. After setting a modern-NHL record in the regular seaosn with a penalty kill percentage of 89.6, the Devils struggled against the pedestrian Panthers with a success rate of 66.7 percent. They'll need to button things up against the Flyers' strong power play.

Best Flyers YouTube Video We Could Find: Flyers center Jeremy Roenick scoring a series-clinching overtime goal against the Maple Leafs in Game 6 of a 2004 Eastern Conference semifinal series:

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Best Devils YouTube Video We Could Find: Devils left winger Claude Lemieux scoring a breakaway goal against the Flyers in Game 6 of the 1995 Eastern Conference final:

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EN Prediction: The Devils will present a much strong challenge, especially on defense, than the Penguins. Still, the Devils simply don't have the skill to a man that the Flyers have. New Jersey's biggest advantage in this series is goaltending. That will keep it tight, but won't be enough to beat the Flyers. Flyers 4-3.

(Photos: Giroux-Christian Petersen/Getty Images; Zajac-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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