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Philadelphia Flyers have crucial week ahead of them

Flyers need to keep playing sound hockey
Flyers need to keep playing sound hockey
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The Flyers enter one of the most important weeks of the season and it begins tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

Between now and Sunday, the Flyers play three games all against division opponents. Tonight they take on the New Jersey Devils before beginning a home-and-home with the Pittsburgh Penguins this weekend.

Tonight’s game is the fourth and final time the Flyers will play the Devils this season and it is particularly key for these two teams as they are separate by just four points in the crowded Metropolitan Division.

Philadelphia won two of the first three matchups this season by a grand total of one goal in each game, a 1-0 win on November 2nd and a 3-2 overtime victory on January 7th. The overtime game was wild as the Devils jumped out to a 1-0 lead 57 seconds into the game thanks to Adam Henrique but the Flyers would score two quick goals in the third period to pull ahead 2-1. Devils forward Michael Ryder tied the game with less than 30 seconds remaining in the third period to force overtime.

The Flyers won it on a gorgeous slap-pass from Nick Grossmann that found Brayden Schenn wide open as he deposited the goal and helped the Flyers pick up two points.

The Flyers hold a two point lead over Columbus for third place in the Metropolitan Division and just a two point lead over Detroit who is on the outside looking in at the last two Wild Card spots.

Needless to say, two points on Tuesday are huge for both teams.

It does not get any easier for the Flyers this weekend when they faceoff against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins, who currently lead the Flyers by 17 points in the division.