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Devils back in action this Thursday vs. Cats

Monday, 11.17.2008 / 12:58 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils back in action this Thursday vs. Cats
newjerseydevils.com – After three games in four nights to end the week, the Devils are off until back-to-back home games Thursday versus Florida (6-9-1) and Friday against the Islanders (6-9-2). The Panthers have just two wins in their last nine, while the Isles swept a weekend home-and-home with Ottawa.

New Jersey begins a five-game road trip beginning Sunday, Nov. 23 at Tampa and continuing Wednesday, Nov. 26 at Florida; Saturday, Nov. 29 at Pittsburgh; Thursday, Dec. 4 at Philadelphia; and Saturday, Dec. 6 at Montreal.

Parise has continued his brisk scoring pace.
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The Devils (8-7-2) improved to 5-4-1 on home ice with Saturday's 6-5 shootout win over the Capitals, and own a 3-3-1 mark on the road.

Patrik Elias scored twice and Zach Parise notched the lone goal in the shootout. New Jersey led four different times but went on to snap a four-game losing streak.

David Clarkson, Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Gionta also scored.

After four games without a power-play tally, the Devils ended the skid Saturday by finishing 1-for-4, and will look to carry some momentum into the match-up with Florida. The Panthers' 20th-ranked penalty kill has allowed 15 PPG in 16 games.

Three of the Devils' next four games are outside the division, where the club is 6-4-1 this season. The club is 2-3-1 against Atlantic Division opponents, having registered wins against the Islanders and Penguins and going a combined 0-3-1 versus the Rangers and Flyers. 

They will play four of five within the Atlantic between Nov. 29 (Pittsburgh) and Dec. 12 (Rangers).

Zach on track
Parise, the Devils' leading scorer, posted his 19th and 20th points (12g-8a) with two assists Saturday. He has six points in five games (3g-3a), and has a point in 13 of 17 games this season. Parise has yet to go more than two straight contests this season without cracking the scoresheet.

Following his two goals and an assist against Washington, Elias (7g-6a) is tied for second with Travis Zajac (2g-11a), who matched a single-game career high with a three-assist/point night versus the Caps. Zajac leads the team with a plus-eight rating.

Between the pipes
Scott Clemmensen was 1-1-0 with a 3.38 goals-against average in his first back-to-back starts as a Devil since 2005. Clemmensen stopped 24 of 26 in Washington Friday night, then made 25 saves Saturday before finishing 3-for-3 in the shootout. He denied Viktor Kozlov, Alex Ovechkin, then poked the puck away from Boyd Gordon to seal his first win as a Devil since Feb. 25, 2007 at Washington.

Overall, Clemmensen improved to 1-2-0 with a 2.96 GAA and .901 save percentage in four appearances this season.

Bolstered blueline
Paul Martin played Friday and Saturday after missing five games with upper body soreness. The leading scorer on the Devils' blueline last season, Martin saw 22:03 of ice time Friday and 26:30 on Saturday. Both nights, he was among the team's TOI leaders on the power play, which will benefit from having the fifth-year defender back in the lineup.

Johnny Oduya assisted on Gionta's third of the season Saturday, and now has four points in five games (4a). He leads all New Jersey defensemen with eight points (8a) and a plus-six rating.

Injuries
Brian Rolston (ankle, 13 games), Bobby Holik (broken pinky, 12 games), Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (nasal passage, nine games), Andy Greene (broken hand, seven games), and Martin Brodeur (torn bicep, seven games) remain sidelined.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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