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Devils look to tame the Northwest

Monday, 12.17.2007 / 4:03 PM ET / Features
By Eric Marin
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Devils look to tame the Northwest

Captain Jamie Langenbrunner is the Devils' leading scorer against the Canucks and Flames.


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newjerseydevils.com – Divisional opponents in the NHL face each other eight times over the course of the regular season, leaving little time for interconference showdowns.

The Devils, who open a three-game road swing Tuesday night in Vancouver, have embarked on a rare trip through Canada's western provinces that puts them in Edmonton on Friday and Calgary on Sunday.

New Jersey last met the Northwest Division in 2005-06, going 3-1-1 over five home contests, including an overtime loss to Colorado. The club will be making its first appearances in Vancouver and Edmonton since 2001.

Riding an 11-2-1 stretch, the Devils left home on a high note following Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center.

John Madden scored twice and Martin Brodeur stopped a Daniel Briere penalty shot as the Devils beat the Flyers for a 10th consecutive time in the Garden State.

A Rangers' 5-1 loss to Phoenix on Sunday meant that head coach Brent Sutter's group had extended its lead in the Atlantic Division to four points over the Rangers and Flyers.

Now New Jersey puts its 5-2-1 December mark to the test against a couple of teams that have historically been tough hosts when the Devils roll into town.

Slumping with one win in its last five, Vancouver remains tied with Minnesota for first place in the Northwest. Calgary, meanwhile, has won six of seven including five straight on the road to pull even with Colorado for second place, one point behind the Canucks and Wild.

The Devils have an all-time road mark of 5-16-2 against the Canucks, and their last stop at GM Place on Dec. 29, 2001 ended in a 4-2 loss. Their most recent encounter on Jan. 13, 2006 resulted in a 3-0 Devils win at New Jersey, as Martin Brodeur made 26 saves for his 78th career shutout.

When it comes to welcoming the Devils, Calgary has been similarly inhospitable. New Jersey's visits to the Pengrowth Saddledome have yielded a record of 5-11-6 against the Flames, including a 5-4 OT defeat on March 5, 2003.

Jamie Langenbrunner potted a goal in the loss, and will be one of the Devils to keep an eye on this week. The Devils' captain leads the team with 14 points (4g-10a) in 23 games versus Calgary, and 17 points (9g-8a) in 21 meetings with Edmonton.

The last win in Alberta for the Devils came with a 2-1 topping of the Oilers on Dec. 30, 2001. Since then New Jersey has made short work of Edmonton, going 2-1-0 in their last three meetings, all on home ice.

The Oilers, a surprise Stanley Cup finalist in 2006, currently sit a point behind Anaheim for the final playoff spot in the West.

The Devils will enter Friday's match-up at Rexall Place in Edmonton with a 9-9-5 road record against the Oilers. New Jersey has won the last two meetings over head coach Craig MacTavish's squad, both on home ice.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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