The Philadelphia Flyers host the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. EST at the Wells Fargo Center today on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Craig Berube's third-place squad (73 points) trails the New York Rangers by one point and the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins by 17 points. The Devils' 69 points place them sixth in the division.
The Flyers will have 17 games remaining the regular season after this matchup, while the Devils will have 16 contests yet to play. So, unless Pittsburgh totally collapses, Philadelphia and New Jersey will continue to battle most of their divisional rivals for playoff seeds.
Every point counts. So, the overtime marker the Flyers earned by taking the Toronto Maple Leafs past the third period in Saturday's road game could prove to be very valuable by the time mid-April arrives.
Steve Mason has handled all crease duties since Ray Emery suffered a groin injury in late-February. While the 'Razor' was able to return to practice this week, it seems likely that Berube will give rookie Cal Heeter at least one start in the near future if the Flyers' veteran backup can't move off the scratch list soon.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the ice, the untraded icon Martin Brodeur will start the ninetieth game of his Hall of Fame career against the Flyers. This is the final season on the 41-year-old's contract. That means today's start could be his last against Philadelphia in a New Jersey uniform, unless these teams were to face each other in the post-season.