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Series at a glance: Philadelphia-New Jersey playoff preview



All times Eastern; *if necessary

Game 1: Sunday, April 29 at Philadelphia 3 p.m. (NBC, CBC)
Game 2: Tuesday, May 1 at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC)
Game 3: Thursday, May 3 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC)
Game 4: Sunday, May 6 at New Jersey 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN, CBC)
Game 5: *Tuesday, May 8 at Philadelphia, TBD
Game 6: *Thursday, May 10 at New Jersey, TBD
Game 7: *Saturday, May 12 at Philadelphia, TBD

Three storylines to follow

1. Philly’s flying offense. The Flyers scored 30 goals in their six-game ousting of Pittsburgh, highlighted by Claude Giroux (6G-8A) coming within one point of Tim Kerr’s franchise record for most points (15) in a series. Four other Flyers — Danny Briere, Jakub Voracek, Jaromir Jagr and Brayden Schenn — averaged at least a point a game and 12 different players scored goals. That, folks, is a dynamic offensive attack.

2. The ageless wonder. After getting yanked in Game 3 of the Florida series, 39-year-old Martin Brodeur turned back the clock. He proceeded to stop 113 of his next 119 shots faced and came up huge as the Devils faced elimination, stopping 14 of 16 in Game 6 and 43 of 45 in Thursday’s double-overtime Game 7. Brodeur finished the series with a 2.06 GAA and .922 save percentage, his best numbers in years.

3. Blueline woes. The Flyers will start this series without the services of Andrej Meszaros and Nicklas Grossman (and were already without Chris Pronger). That, combined with a largely ineffective Pavel Kubina, forced Philly to essentially roll with five defenseman in Game 6 against Pittsburgh — Brayden Coburn, Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen, Erik Gustafsson and Andreas Lilja — with Coburn logging a game-high 29:27.


No. 5 Philadelphia: 47-26-9, 103 points (3rd in Atlantic) | No. 6 New Jersey: 48-28-6, 102 points (4th in Atlantic).

Leading playoff scorers

Philadelphia: Claude Giroux (6G-8A-14PTS) | New Jersey: Travis Zajac (3G-3A-6PTS)

Starting goalies

Philadelphia: Ilya Bryzgalov (4-2, 3.89 GAA) | New Jersey: Martin Brodeur (4-2, 2.06 GAA)


Series tied 3-3-0

Oct. 8: Philadelphia 3, at New Jersey 0
Nov. 3: New Jersey 4, at Philadelphia 3, SO
Jan. 21: Philadelphia 4, at New Jersey 1
Feb. 4: New Jersey 6, at Philadelphia 4
Mar. 11: At New Jersey 4, Philadelphia 1
Mar. 13: At Philadelphia 3, New Jersey 0

Playoff history

Tied 2-2.

1995: New Jersey 4-2 (Eastern Conference finals)
2000: New Jersey 4-3 (Eastern Conference finals)
2004: Philadelphia 4-1 (Eastern Conference quarterfinals)
2010: Philadelphia 4-1 (Eastern Conference quarterfinals)

2012 playoffs

Philadelphia: Def. Pittsburgh 4-2 (EC quarters) | New Jersey: Def. Florida 4-3 (EC quarters)

2011 playoffs

Philadelphia: Def. Buffalo 4-3 (EC quarters), lost to Boston 4-0 (EC semis) | New Jersey: Did not qualify

Stanley Cups

Philadelphia: Two (1974, 1975) | New Jersey: Three (1995, 2000, 2003)


Philadelphia: Nicklas Grossmann (concussion), Marc-Andre Bourdon (upper body), Andrej Meszaros (back), Chris Pronger (concussion) | New Jersey: Jacob Josefson (wrist), Henrik Tallinder (leg)

Raffl coverts PTO into one-year, $575K deal with Jets

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There’s another Raffl in the NHL.

On Tuesday, the Jets announced that Thomas Raffl — the older brother of Flyers forward Michael Raffl — has signed a one-year, one-way deal worth $575,000.

Raffl, 29, was in Winnipeg’s camp on a PTO after a lengthy career in Europe. He spent time playing in Sweden and his native Austria, most recently with powerhouse EC Red Bull Salzburg — last year, Raffl scored 53 points in 52 games for Salzburg and three in seven games for Austria while serving as team captain at the World Hockey Championships.

“We would like to recognize and express our appreciation to the EC Red Bull Salzburg organization for allowing Thomas and the Winnipeg Jets this opportunity,” Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said in a statement.

With the Jets, Raffl projects to play in the bottom-six forward group, where he can utilize his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame in a checking-slash-energy role.

For now, though, he’ll start out with the club’s AHL affiliate in Manitoba.

Flyers to start season with seven d-men; MacDonald sent to AHL

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Seven defensemen will comprise the Philadelphia Flyers’ opening-day roster, which the club finalized today.

Those seven are Radko Gudas, Michael Del Zotto, Luke Schenn, Nick Schultz, Brandon Manning, Mark Streit, and Evgeny Medvedev.

Not on the list? Andrew MacDonald, who has cleared waivers and been assigned to AHL Lehigh Valley. (That move allowed the Flyers to keep both Manning and youngster Scott Laughton.)

Also not on the list were prospects Shayne Gostisbehere, Robert Hagg, Sam Morin, Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim. The first three will start the season in the AHL. The last two have been sent back to junior.

But the opening-day roster is not where this story ends. How the Flyers’ defensive mix changes as the season progresses will be worth watching.

They’d no doubt love to move Schenn, a pending unrestricted free agent with a $3.6 million cap hit. He could also end up in the AHL, a la MacDonald.

Medvedev, the 33-year-old who came over from the KHL and put up five points in five preseason games, is another pending UFA. The club could either look to re-sign or flip him.

Might 37-year-old Streit be a chip worth cashing in at the deadline, especially if the Flyers aren’t in a playoff position on Feb. 29? He’s only got two years left on his contract.

Meanwhile, GM Ron Hextall will be watching pending restricted free agents Manning and Gudas closely. Are they part of the future?

So, lots of decisions to make in Philly as the blue line continues its much-needed transition.