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NJD Notebook 4.08: Devils head for Ottawa

Wednesday, 04.8.2009 / 5:12 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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NJD Notebook 4.08: Devils head for Ottawa
newjerseydevils.com – The Devils took part in a controlled scrimmage Wednesday afternoon before heading to Ottawa, where they battle the Senators on Thursday.

New Jersey came up short in Tuesday’s 4-1 home loss to Toronto, and suffered its first defeat since snapping a season-high six-game winless streak last Friday.

The Devils outshot the Maple Leafs, 48-18, but only Jamie Langenbrunner’s 29th of the season found an opening through goaltender Martin Gerber. New Jersey allowed two goals in a 1:19 span of the first period, and trailed the Leafs, 3-0, at the end of one.

“Some mistakes somewhere along the line usually lead to a goal,” head coach Brent Sutter said. “But when you’re in complete control of the puck and you just make a play that’s not there to be made – you try to make something out of nothing – it costs you. That’s not the way we want to be thinking the game. We need to pay attention to detail.”

A come-from-behind overtime victory Friday versus Tampa Bay followed by Saturday’s triumph in Buffalo appeared to have the Devils’ game back in order. But after the stumble to Toronto, Sutter was clear about what adjustments his club needs to make.

“Making sure we fulfill our obligation to the details of our game, and that comes with accountability,” Sutter said. “[Tuesday] night we did some good things too – we had 48 shots on net; a lot of quality scoring chances. At times we allow mistakes to come into our game and we do things that we normally don’t. It cost us four goals [against Toronto].”

Philadelphia’s win over Florida on Tuesday cost the Devils a chance to clinch the Atlantic Division. Any Devils win, overtime/shootout loss or Flyers loss secures New Jersey’s eighth division title in the last 12 seasons.

Jersey's Team hosts Carolina in Saturday’s regular-season finale.

“We still have seven days here to get ourselves ready and we have still have two games to play and we have to take them like they mean something for getting our game in order,” Sutter said. “It’s not like we took big steps back, but we made some mistakes again that we can’t make, that we didn’t make in Buffalo and didn’t make at home against Tampa Bay.”

The Devils could receive a boost from the return of Patrik Elias, who has missed the last four games with a lower body injury. The veteran left wing has not been skating with the team, but made the trip to Ottawa, where he will be a game time decision for Thursday’s contest.

Elias sits second on the team in points (78), with 31 goals and 47 assists. His return would be an asset for the Devils' efforts to stop the Senators' nine-game home winning streak.

Defenseman Niclas Havelid has missed the last two games, and did not join the team for its final road trip of the regular season. 

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 67 16 24 -2 40
M. Cammalleri 60 25 12 5 37
S. Gomez 50 7 24 -7 31
P. Elias 61 10 20 -16 30
S. Bernier 59 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 66 11 12 -2 23
A. Larsson 56 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 74 3 17 5 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 54 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 4 3 .919 2.42