NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Things the Devils Must Do to Keep Control of Their Series

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NHL Playoffs 2012: 5 Things the Devils Must Do to Keep Control of Their Series
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Thursday night, the New Jersey Devils edged out the Philadelphia Flyers late in overtime to take control of their series, 2-1. The Flyers will look to even the series in Game 4, Sunday night in Newark.

The win may have come as a surprise to many, who saw the Flyers' dominance in the first round—paired with a less-than-stellar Devils team—as a sign that the team was on their way to a Conference Finals appearance.

Now, the Flyers are faced with the tough task of winning three of the next four games, while the Devils must simply go .500 for the rest of the series.

Game 4 will be huge (as are most Game 4s), as it will either even the series for the Flyers, restoring their home-ice advantage, or give the Devils a near-insurmountable obstacle to overcome.

So will New Jersey be able to keep this up? Here are five things the Devils must do if they want to remain in control of their series against the Flyers.

 

 

 

All numbers obtained via Hockey Reference and NHL.com.

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