Goalie Ilya Bryzgalov said the Flyers are in must-win situations when they face New Jersey on Wednesday and Friday. The Devils are four points ahead of the Flyers and have a game in hand.
"You win both games, and you tied with them and you have a good chance to continue to battle for the playoffs," he said after Tuesday's practice in Voorees, N.J. "You lose both games, you done. You done. That's it. This is it. This is probably reality. You'd be eight points behind ...and not many games to catch up. It would be very, very difficult. It's not going to depned on you (if you lose two), it's going to depend more on other teams than you. That's the importance of these games."
After Friday, the Flyers will have 19 games left.
Goalie Martin Brodeur will not play for New Jersey Wednesday because of an injured back, and Johan Hedberg is expected to play for the Devils.
Bryzgalov will make his 26th start in 28 games.
Peter Laviolette made a couple of line changes at practice Tuesday. The third line is now the French Connection, with slumping Sean Couturier centering Danny Briere and Simon Gagne.
Matt Read moved up to the second line, with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.
Couturier, 20, was excited to be on a new line, saying he and his linemates could speak French when discussing strategy "and no one will know what we're saying" on the Devils.
Couturier, goal-less in his last 19 games, says he leans on his Haddonfield housemate, the 35-year-old Briere, for advice.
"He's been around a while and has a lot of experience," Couturier said. "He's been through ups and downs early on in his career, so he's a great example to look up to."
Briere on the Flyers' playoff quest: If we sneak in, we'll be a dangerous team. You saw last year Jersey and the Kings making it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals" despite poor seedings. "That's the way we have to see it at this point."
The Flyers demoted Erik Gustafsson to Adirondack.
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