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Bryzgalov: Flyers 'done' if they lose twice to Devils

by Adam Kimelman

How important for the Philadelphia Flyers is the upcoming home-and-home set against the New Jersey Devils?

According to Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, they're the two most crucial games of the season.

"You win both games and you're tied with them and you have a good chance to continue to battle for the playoffs," Bryzgalov told reporters after the team's practice Tuesday. "You lose both games, you're done. You're done. That's it. This is it. This is probably reality. You'd be eight points behind … and not many games to catch up. It would be very, very difficult. It's not going to depend on you [if you lose two], it's going to depend more on other teams than you. That's the importance of these games."

The two-game set starts Wednesday in Newark (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2) and ends Friday in Philadelphia (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US). The Flyers are 11th in the Eastern Conference, four points behind the seventh-place Devils.

After the home-and-home with the Devils, the Flyers will have 19 games left -- the fewest of any team in the conference. That slate includes an almost-even mix of 10 home games and nine road games. They have a five-game homestand to close March, but follow that with a stretch of five of six on the road in a 12-day span in early April. They have two more games remaining against the New York Rangers, a team they've beaten once in the past 11 games (0-10-1). Two of their remaining home games are against the Boston Bruins, another team they’ve struggled against, winning four of 13 regular-season games dating to the start of the 2009-10 season (4-6-3). They also play the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators once each at home and on the road.


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