Is New Jersey’s Marty Brodeur making his Final Tour?
Brodeur, arguably the best goalie in NHL history, will turn 40 during the Flyers-Devils series. He hasn’t said this will be his last season, but he hasn’t said it won’t be, either.
Brodeur was the difference in the Devils’ 3-2 double-overtime win over Florida in Game 7, and he is a player - make that a LEGEND - whom the Devills will rally around as the series takes shape.
For the Flyers, who had lots of success against Brodeur in the 2010 playoffs, the key is to do what they did in the quarterfinal series win against Pittsburgh: Traffic, traffic, traffic.
The Flyers attack in waves - does any remaining playoff team have four more dangerous lines? - so Brodeur and his defensive-minded team will have their hands full.
Pick: This will be a tougher series than a lot of people think. Flyers in six.
Breakaways. Against the Devils, Ilya Bryzgalov has allowed one goal on 76 shots…..Bovada in Las Vegas lists the Blues as the surprising Stanley Cup favorite at 15/4, followed by the Rangers and Flyers (both at 9/2) and Nashville (5/1), which lost its opener to Phoenix Friday in overtime…..The odds are 14/1 for a Stanley Cup Final between the Flyers and Flyers West (Los Angeles)…..According to TicketNetwork.com, the price range for tickets on the secondary market for Sunday’s Flyers-Devils opener is $106 to $238…..Flyers coach Peter Laviolette on the fierce rivalries in the East: “You could throw into a blender _ the Rangers, the Penguins, the Devils, the Flyers _ and pull out any two, and there’s something there, I think.” Add the Caps to that mix.....The Flyers will practice in Voorhees Saturday at 11 a.m. It is free and open to the public....The Flyers will return home after each game in Newark and practice in Voorhees.
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