2012 NHL Playoffs, Devils vs. Flyers Playoff Preview: The Offense

The New Jersey Devils will face off against their rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers, in the Eastern Conference semifinals starting tomorrow in Philadelphia.

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Devils Vs. Panthers, Game 6: New Jersey Tries To Avoid Elimination

All eyes will be on the New Jersey Devils and Floria Panthers Tuesday, as the two will square off in a Game 6, Eastern Conference quarterfinal contest at the Prudential Center (7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network or MSG-Plus). The Devils will be trying to avoid elimination in the best-of-seven series, which could feature a Game 7 if New Jersey is able to pull off the victory.

On Saturday, New Jersey was blanked 3-0 in Game 5 as the Panthers took a 3-2 series advantage. Goaltender Jose Theodore stopped 29 shots to earn the shutout, while his teammates scored a power-play goal in the second period and a tally with seven minutes to go in regulation to break the game open. An empty netter with 34 seconds to go capped the scoring.

As for the injury report: The Devils will be without defenseman Henrik Tallinder and center Jacob Josefson; while the Panthers will be without Keaton Ellerby and forward matt Bradley and Jack Skille.

To catch the contest, here's the basic viewing information:

Location: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ

Game Time: 7;30 p.m.

TV Information: NBC Sports Network

Series: Panthers ahead 3-2.

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2012 NHL Playoffs, Devils Vs. Panthers Game 4: Game Time, TV Coverage And More

The New Jersey Devils know they let one slip away in Game Three, but there's no time to feel bad for themselves before Thursday night's game four against the pesky Florida Panthers.

A win would even the series and turn it into a best of three games affair; a loss would have the Devils reeling and playing to survive for the balance of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.

Each team was forced to turn to their back-up net minders in the middle of Tuesday night's action, but only one-the Devils-knows who they will fall back on Thursday, as veteran stalwart Martin Brodeur will once again be between the pipes after a shaky night on the ice.

The Panthers haven't yet decided between Jose Theodore and Scott Clemmensen, but the Devils must be prepared to fire away early again, and this time hope to preserve an early lead.

Game Time: 7 p.m. EST

TV Coverage: NHL Network

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Devils vs. Panthers Game Two Recap: New Jersey's Late Charge Comes Up Short, Florida Evens Series With 4-2 Win

It took the Florida Panthers 16 years, but they finally have a playoff win.

The Panthers defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-2 in the second game of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals Sunday night at the Bank Atlantic Center. The win tied the seven-game series at 1-1.

Stephen Weiss led the Panthers, netting two power-play goals. Marcel Goc also scored for the Panthers, who won for the first time in the postseason since 1996.

The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak for the Devils.

Weiss opened the scoring in the first period, scoring his first power-play goal just 23 seconds after the game started. Devils defenseman Andy Greene was sent to the penalty box for tripping Goc 11 seconds into regulation, giving Florida the power play opportunity. Mikael Samuelsson's point shot deflected off a mass of players in front and bounced right to the stick of Weiss. Weiss fired it into the open net for his first goal of the postseason.

Weiss' next powerplay goal came at the 1:12 mark into the second period, and extended the Panthers' lead to 2-0. With New Jersey facing a 5-on-3 power play, Goc was hit with a shot in front of Martin Brodeur. The puck deflected right to the stick of Weiss, who beat the Devils' goalie over the glove for his second goal of the night.

Weiss became the first player in the series to record a multi-goal game. The Panthers have converted on three of their six power play attempts against a Devils team that set the NHL record for penalty kill efficiency.

Goc gave Florida a 3-0 lead at the 14:39 mark. Skateing the puck into the right circle, Goc sent a shot that deflected off the shoulder of Brodeur and into the back of the net for his first goal of the postseason.

New Jersey closed the gap in the third period, scoring twice in a span of 2:02 to cut the deficit to one.

Travis Zajac put New Jersey on the board, netting his first goal of the postseason 48 seconds into the final frame. Zajac took a pass from Andy Greene and skated in on Jose Theodore, putting a shot off the pads and into the net for his first goal of the postseason.

Ilya Kovalchuk shrunk the deficit to 3-2 at the 2:02 mark of the third period. Adam Henrique held the puck along the side boards and sent a pass to the front of the net. Kovalchuk, with one hand on his stick, deflected the pass past Theodore for his first goal of the postseason.

New Jersey couldn't get that final goal, and Tomas Fleischmann scored an empty-netter with one-tenth of a second remaining to ice the victory.

Theodore finished with 23 saves for his first win of the postseason. Martin Brodeur stopped 20 shots in the loss.

Game Three will be Tuesday night at the Prudential Center.



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Devils vs. Panthers Game Two Update: New Jersey Trails, 3-0, After Two Periods

The New Jersey Devils trail the Florida Panthers 3-0 after two periods of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals tonight at the Bank Atlantic Center.

New Jersey, who trailed by one entering the second period, saw its deficit increase to three after goals from Stephen Weiss and Marcel Goc.

Weiss scored his second goal of the game just 1:12 into the middle frame. With the Devils still killing off a 5-on-3 powerplay, Goc was hit with a shot in front of Martin Brodeur. The loose puck bounced to the stick of Weiss, who had the entire net to shoot at for his second goal of the postseason.

Weiss became the first player in the series to record a multi-goal game.

Goc scored his first goal of the postseason at the 14:39 mark, extending the Panthers lead to 3-0. Goc fired a shot from the right circle that hit the shoulder of Brodeur and rolled behind the Devils goalie.

The Panthers are 3-for-6 on the powerplay in the series. During the regular season, Florida scored almost a quarter of their goals on the power play, and it was one area the New Jersey acknowledged it would need to control to win the series.

Jose Theodore, who allowed three goals in Friday night's loss, has stopped all 13 Devils shots.

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2012 NHL Playoffs: Devils Vs. Panthers Preview

The first-round NHL Playoff series between the New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers may not draw the most television eye balls, but it could be one of the most competitive series. The Devils, the No. 6 seed, made the playoffs despite playing in the Eastern Conference's very though Atlantic Division, while the No. 3-seeded Panthers won the Southeast Division despite not having a lot of firepower.


Breakdown: Devils Vs. Panthers The Offenses

Somehow, the New Jersey advanced onto the postseason after having a mediocre season from future Hall of Fame goaltender Martin Brodeur. A lot the success can be contributed the play of high-priced star Ilya Kovalchuk (83 points), veteran Patrick Elias (78 points) and Zach Parise (69 points).

Winger David Clarkson chipped in 30 goals, while also compiling 138 penalty minutes, and Calder Trophy candidate Adam Henrique was one of the league's top rookies with 51 points

Meanwhile, the Panthers could be the best story of the NHL's regular season. Florida features a mish-mash of that was well coached by Kevin Dineen.

The Panthers have a solid collection of blue-liners in defensemen Brian Campbell (53 points), Jason Garrison (16 goals) and Dimitry Kulikov (28 points in only 58 games), but they did end the regular season losing five of their last six games.

Here's a look at the series schedule and TV coverage:

Friday, April 13 7 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NHL Network, TSN
Sunday, April 15 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NBC Sports Network, TSN
Tuesday, April 17 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey NHL Network, TSN
Thursday, April 19 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey NHL Network, TSN
*Saturday, April 21 6:30 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NHL Network, TSN
*Tuesday, April 24 TBD Florida at New Jersey TBD
*Thursday, April 26 TBD New Jersey at Florida TBD

For more news and notes on the Devils, visit In Lou We Trust. For all your Panthers news, check out Litter Box Cats.

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New Jersey Devils vs. Florida Panthers: The Offense

In the week leading up to the opening game between the Florida Panthers and the New Jersey Devils, SBNation New York will take a look at all aspects of the first-round matchup. Make sure to check out SBNation's StoryStream for all the news and analysis of the series.

There aren't too many aspects of the opening round series the New Jersey Devils would be considered dominant. But, when looking at the team's offensive output, it's almost a no contest.

Florida enters the playoffs for the first time in 12 years, and managed to hold off the Washington Capitals for the Southeast Division champs. They enter the game 27th in the league in goals (197), and were 27th in points (536). Tomas Fleischmann, who played all 82 games for the first time in his career, led the Panthers with 27 goals and 61 points. Kris Versteeg was one of their clutch scorers, netting 23 goals. Stephen Weiss was the third scorer to reach the 20-point plateau, and Brian Campbell led the blueline attack with 49 assists and 53 points.

The Panthers carry an abysmal minus-24 goal differential into the series. That's better than just nine teams in the league and the worst since the lockout. It's the worst since the Ottawa Senators made the playoffs sporting a minus-13 goal differential in 2010. They lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Devils won't be able to sit back against Florida, though. Fleischmann, Versteeg and Weiss scored seven of the Panthers' 11 goals against New Jersey this season.

New Jersey comes into the playoffs with a better offensive output. Ilya Kovalchuk highlighted a group that finished 14th in the league in points (589) and 15th in the league in goals (216). Kovalchuk led the team with 37 goals and ranked fifth in the league with 83 points. But he wasn't the only one to produce. The Devils received balance scoring from three of their lines, with guys like Patrik Elias (26g, 52a) and David Clarkson (30g, 16a) providing above-average secondary scoring. Throw in the likes of Zach Parise and Adam Henrique, and the Devils can send out some serious firepower.

The Devils enter with a solid goal differential. The team was plus-11 this season, and much of that came from the stellar penalty kill. That's the fifth-best goal differential among the Eastern Conference playoff teams, far behind the better offensive teams like the Philadelphia Flyers (plus-35) and the Boston Bruins (plus-61).

Despite the solid numbers, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur thinks Kovalchuk's play will be key to getting the offense going.

"That will open it up for some other guys to be successful," he told Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger. "Kovy is a key for us. He's going to be challenged in certain areas he needs to be ready for and he's excited for the challenge, just by talking to talk about it the last month or so. He's probably the one that will have the hardest time waiting. He wants to get going and that's a great thing."

In the battle of offenses, there's no question - the New Jersey Devils have the advantage.

For more news and notes on the Devils, visit In Lou We Trust. For all your Panthers news, check out Litter Box Cats.

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2012 NHL Playoffs Schedule: Devils Vs. Panthers And The Rest Of The Eastern Conference

The New Jersey Devils polished off their regular season with a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. The result helped finalize the 2012 NHL Playoff first-round match-ups and TV schedule, which features the No. 6-seeded Devils playing the No. 3 Florida Panthers.

Here's a look at the series schedule and TV coverage:

Friday, April 13 7 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NHL Network, TSN
Sunday, April 15 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NBC Sports Network, TSN
Tuesday, April 17 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey NHL Network, TSN
Thursday, April 19 7 p.m. Florida at New Jersey NHL Network, TSN
*Saturday, April 21 6:30 p.m. New Jersey at Florida NHL Network, TSN
*Tuesday, April 24 TBD Florida at New Jersey TBD
*Thursday, April 26 TBD New Jersey at Florida TBD

Here's how the rest of the Eastern Conference shapes out.

No. 1 New York Rangers vs. No. 8 Ottawa Senators: The Sens' won the season-series 3-1.
No. 2 Boston Bruins vs. No. 7 Washington Capitals: The Caps won the season-series 3-1.
No. 4 Pittsburgh Penguins vs. No. 5 Philadelphia Flyers: This inter-state rivalry featured Flyers winning the season series 4-2

Here's what the Western Conference looks like:


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