Philadelphia Flyers Look For More Offensive Production Against New Jersey Devils in Game 2
The Philadelphia Flyers (52-27-9) and the New Jersey Devils (52-31-7) are set to tango in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Tuesday, May 1st at 7:30 ET from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
We're breaking down the NHL odds for this clash, which can be seen live on the NBC Sports Network and CBC.
NHL Betting Odds
New Jersey Devils +135
Philadelphia Flyers -155
Total: 5.5 Under -130
Sometimes, it's better to be a bit lucky than to be good, especially when you're a goalie in the NHL.
Beating the NHL odds requires a lot of help from the rest of your team, and it is easy to see that if Ilya Bryzgalov didn't have a great offense in front of him, his Flyers would already be out of the playoffs, and he might be going into an offseason in which he could become the team's backup goalie.
Bryzgalov allowed another three goals on Sunday in Game 1 of this series, though that did drop his GAA "down" to 3.71 for the playoffs. Over the course of the last three years, Bryzgalov now has a GAA of 3.80, and he has an atrocious save percentage of just .827.
Those numbers definitely didn't cut it with the Phoenix Coyotes, but again when you've got Claude Giroux and Danny Briere on the other side of the ice wreaking havoc on the other net minder, you can allow a few more goals here and there.
Briere scored twice on Sunday, including the game-winner in overtime to give the Flyers the victory on the NHL gambling odds. Giroux scored in the second period as well.
These two now both have seven goals in seven games in the playoffs, and there are times that it just seems like neither one can be stopped.
It was a rare loss for Martin Brodeur in overtime. He and the Devils have been great this year, losing just seven games that have gone into an extra period. Brodeur was coming off of back-to-back overtime wins over the Florida Panthers before coming into this series.
Dating back two years, the Devils have now lost four straight tussles on the NHL playoff odds at this juncture of the postseason. To make matters worse, the home team is now 41-19 in the last 60 clashes in this rivalry of Atlantic Division foes.
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