Players to watch

FLYERS: Right winger Jaromir Jagr

After a solid series against the Penguins, Jagr, 40, has looked slow in the first two games against the Devils.

He has no points and just two shots, total, in this series. The No. 1 line of Jagr, Claude Giroux and Scott Hartnell struggled mightily in the Flyers' 4-1 loss on Tuesday.

DEVILS: Left winger Zach Parise

With Ilya Kovalchuck ineffective in Game 1 and sidelined by an injury in Game 2, Parise has become the Devils' go-to guy. He had a goal and assist in the opener and the primary assist on the game-winner in Game 2.

Three keys to the game


Can the Flyers put three solid periods together for the first time in this series? They were no-shows in the first period of Game 1 (outshot, 15-6, and outscored, 1-0) and they put together one of their worst performances of the season in Game 2, getting badly outplayed over the last 50 minutes.


The special teams battle has been even in the first two games, and after the results of the first round, the Devils probably feel that's a moral victory. Thus far, each team has managed just one goal on the power play. The Devils are 1 for 7, and the Flyers are 1 for 11. In the opening round, the Devils were burned for nine goals in 27 chances by Florida, while the Flyers were 12 for 23 against the Penguins.


Will Wayne Simmonds and Hartnell get untracked?

Hartnell appears slowed by a foot/ankle injury, suffered when he blocked a first-period shot in Game 1. He and Simmonds have no goals in the series after combining for 65 goals in the regular season.

- Sam Carchidi