Our feed tonight opens with the startling news from Steve that the Flyers are the “hottest team in the league since Christmas Day”. They’ve won 10 of their last 12, apparently. There is a chorus of, “Huh. Who knew?”s in the living room of stately IPB Manor. Even worse, we find out that Gagne is back. That’s right, the Atlantic Division’s best Marty Killer whose name doesn’t rhyme with Bligel Blawes is healthy again. Crap. On the bright side, though, we are informed that Marty has 40 career wins against the Flyers, which is the most wins against any one team by any one goalie since the days of Gump Worsley. You know what we love? When FSN drops a new “You have no idea how awesome Marty is, do you?” stat on us.
Dano tells us a key to the game this evening is for the Devils to come out with energy and intensity to match the Flyers. We spend a moment trying to remember when was the last time we saw the Devils play with energy and intensity. (Jan. 10 against Carolina, we decide.)
18:57 So far no biting. This is disappointing.
18:02 A nifty bit of cycling by Patty, Zubrus and Clarkson comes thisclose to scoring, but Patty’s shot beats Niittymaki only to hit the pipe.