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Devils look to tame the Northwest

Monday, 12.17.2007 / 4:03 PM / 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.

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 49 23 8 2 31
A. Henrique 54 12 19 -1 31
J. Jagr 57 11 18 -10 29
P. Elias 51 10 15 -14 25
S. Gomez 37 5 18 -7 23
M. Zidlicky 61 4 19 -8 23
S. Bernier 46 10 8 1 18
T. Zajac 53 8 10 -5 18
M. Ryder 43 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 43 2 15 4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 22 23 5 .926 2.22
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59