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Devils back in action this Thursday vs. Cats

Monday, 11.17.2008 / 12:58 PM ET / 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 - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59