The Philadelphia Flyers face elimination tonight, Tuesday May 8th, in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the New Jersey Devils. The Devils lead 3-1 after winning the last three consecutive games. NHL oddsmakers have installed the Flyers as -130 moneyline home favorites over the Devils (+115) with the over/under set at 5.5 goals. Be sure to check the New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers Game 5 2012 NHL Playoff Odds before they drop the puck.
New Jersey (7-4, 3-3 V) won Sunday’s Game 4 by a 4-2 count. Petr Sykora and Marek Zidlicky each posted a goal and an assist to go with Zubrus’ two-goal night. Goalie Martin Brodeur celebrated his 40th birthday in style on Sunday. The future Hall of Famer allowed two goals in the first period, but blanked the Flyers over the final two frames and finished the game with 20 saves while adding an assist.
If the Devils fail tonight, pressure switches to them, coming home off a loss with momentum swinging. “This is a momentum-type game. I do believe that. I’ve lived it myself,” DeBoer said. The Devils can’t expect the Flyers to go quietly. Philly ratcheted up the dirt Sunday, and they’ll likely try again. “We saw what they did to Pittsburgh. Composure and discipline are going to be at a premium for us,” DeBoer said. “We have to keep our heads and walk away from these situations. Take a punch in the head.” The Devils can laugh last if they beat the Flyers for a fourth straight game tonight.
Philadelphia’s (5-5, 3-2 H) Claude Giroux posted a goal and an assist while Scott Hartnell had the other score for the Flyers. Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was brilliant in a losing effort, allowing three goals on 42 shots. Philadelphia posted the first two goals of the game on Sunday and is now 1-5 when scoring first in these playoffs. They are 4-0 when allowing the first goal.
Forward Claude Giroux was given a one-game suspension for hitting Devils forward Dainius Zubrus in the head during second-period action in Game 4. Giroux has been far and away the best player in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and his absence will make an already difficult task even more daunting. Giroux led the fifth-seeded Flyers with 93 points in the regular season and he is pacing all NHL players this postseason with 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in only 10 games. However, 14 of those points came in Philadelphia’s first- round win over Pittsburgh, while Giroux has managed two goals and an assist in this series against the Devils.
The Flyers are 1-14 in their history when trailing three games to one and the only series victory was in the 2010 conference semifinals against Boston, which held a 3-0 lead in the series before losing the final four games.
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Recent Trends to Consider:
Devils are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Devils are 4-10 in the last 14 meetings in Philadelphia.
Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record.
Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 overall.
Devils are 10-2 in their last 12 Tuesday games.
Devils are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. Eastern Conference.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. Atlantic.
Devils are 4-1 in their last 5 games playing on 1 days rest.
Flyers are 1-4 in their last 5 games as a home favorite of -110 to -150.
Flyers are 1-5 in their last 6 playoff games as a favorite.
Flyers are 1-7 in their last 8 Conference Semifinals games.
New Jersey Devils vs Philadelphia Flyers
When: Tuesday, May 8th@7:30 PM EST
Pick: Flyers -130
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