While the Toronto Maple Leafs wonder who their goalie will be next year, New Jersey hasn’t had that problem for two decades as Martin Brodeur has been between the pipes for the Devils, who travel to Philadelphia on Tuesday to try and end the Flyers’ season.
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Brodeur didn’t have much work to do to, but he stopped 20 shots in a 4-2 win in Game 4 at home that was anchored by Dainius Zubrus’ pair of goals, and he was also at the center of a potentially dangerous play that could affect the odds at shops like BetOnline. Petr Sykora and Marek Zidlicky notched goals in the first period for the Devils, who held a 43-22 edge in goals scored to keep the pressure off Brodeur, who was celebrating his 40th birthday on Sunday, and there aren’t many goalies that players who are familiar with a pay per head service would rather have in goal in a big game. Brodeur isn’t the goalie that he once was, but in clutch situations, there aren’t many who are better in the NHL.
Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux notched singles, but the latter finds himself in hot water as Giroux hit Zubrus in the head at the end of the second period and he has a hearing with NHL disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan on Monday to see if he’ll be playing on Tuesday night. Giroux leads the postseason in points scored and that would be a huge loss for the Flyers, who also got a fantastic performance from Ilya Bryzgalov, who made 39 saves and was left hung out to dry on a number of occasions. The Flyers aren’t the best defensive team in the world, which is why having Giroux on the ice is that much more important for Philadelphia.
The Flyers are -146 sports betting favorites at home right now, but check the lines on Monday night because things could change a little after the Giroux/Shanahan meeting. The Flyers are going to press in Game 5 with their season on the line and that means Brodeur could be forced into more action than what he saw in Game 4. Even though Bryzgalov was incredible in Game 4 and the only reason that it wasn’t a rout, we’re not sure if he can carry the team two games in a row, while we’ve seen Brodeur come up huge for the Devils time and time again. Look for the 40-year-old to shine on Tuesday night in hostile environment, and the New Jersey Devils will move on to the next round of the NHL playoffs with an upset of Philadelphia in your sports betting online book.