Bryzgalov Needs To Shine for Philadelphia Flyers To Survive Game 5 against the Devils
The Philadelphia Flyers (52-30-10) and the New Jersey Devils (55-31-7) are set to tango in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Tuesday, May 8th 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 TSN at 7:30 ET.
NHL Betting Odds
New Jersey Devils +130
Philadelphia Flyers -150
Total: 5.5 Under -150
The Devils are starting to look like a bit of a runaway freight train, and in the end, they are almost certainly going to be the team that beats the NHL playoff odds in this series now that they have a 3-1 series lead and have already lit the lamp 15 times.
Matters could have fallen apart for New Jersey at home in Game 4, as it conceded goals to Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux in the first period, two minutes apart. The second goal by Giroux came shorthanded, and it really was the type of blow that could have taken the air out of a team once and for all, not just in a game, but for an entire series as well. Instead, Petr Sykora struck back with a power play goal on the same man advantage in which the Devils conceded the shorty, and Marek Zidlicky leveled the score before the end of the period.
From that point on, it was all New Jersey on the NHL gambling odds. The hosts came up with a 43-22 advantage in terms of shots on goal, and it made life a living hell for Ilya Bryzgalov in net. Poor Bryzgalov allowed three goals in the game, marking the ninth time in his 10 games here in the postseason in which he has allowed at least a trio of pucks to get behind him.
Bryzgalov has had a 3.40+ GAA in his last three years in the postseason, and the only reason that he has a winning record this year is because he has a better team lining up in front of him. Still, if these last three seasons are any indication, this is a man that has no chance of ever winning the Stanley Cup.
The Flyers are now just 1-5 in their last six playoff games when they are favored on the NHL playoff odds, and they are a woeful 1-7 in their last eight games played here in the second round of the playoffs. If those stats don't change on Tuesday night, their season will be coming to a close.
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