Preseason Game #4 – Philadelphia Flyers at Devils

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The Matchup – The Philadelphia Flyers (3-0-1) face the New Jersey Devils (0-0-3) at the Prudential Center in preseason action. The Flyers lead the preseason series, 1-0-0.

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The Last Devils Game – The Rangers defeated the Devils, 5-4, in overtime Saturday, marking the third straight loss for the Devils in either the overtime or shootout. The Devils took leads of 3-1 and 4-2 over the Rangers, but couldn’t hold off the Blueshirts. Michael Del Zotto scored the overtime winner 52 seconds into the extra period to break a 4-4 tie and defeat the Devils.

The Last Flyers Game – The Flyers defeated the Minnesota Wild, 3-2, in a shootout Saturday in Minnesota. Both teams scored first and third period goals, ending regulation in a 2-2 tie. Both teams played a scoreless overtime, and Nikolai Zherdev scored the game-winning shootout goal.

Tonight’s Game – It’s still preseason, so we shouldn’t be too hung up over the Devils win-loss record. But I’d really like to see New Jersey win a game or two in the preseason. Any team likes to have confidence, and even a few meaningless wins can give a team confidence heading into the regular season.

But it’s not all about the team play. Here are some players I’m watching for tonight:

1. Brian Rolston – The Devils left-winger has, once again, had an uneventful preseason. Tonight he gets to play with Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk on the top line, so he’ll get plenty of opportunities to contribute offensively. Let’s see if Rolston can show something tonight.

2. Jacob Josefson – The Devils rookie center played a solid game in the team’s first preseason meeting against the Flyers last week. But since then, he’s battled a bruised foot and missed several practices. Josefson looks like the front-runner for the third-line center job, and a solid performance tonight could cement that status.

3. Mattias Tedenby – Unlike his fellow Swede, Tedenby didn’t look great against the Rangers in his first preseason action. The winger was physically taken out of the game, and he even called his start average. He’s been holding on to a spot on the team, and tonight could go a long way to determining whether or not he stays with the Devils.

4. Adam Mair and Marcus Nilson – Both of these veterans have been a pleasant surprise so far this season. But there might not be room for both on the roster. They’ll both be on the fourth line tonight, so it’ll be interesting to see that battle tonight.

Game time is 7 p.m., and you can only catch the game on WFAN.com.

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