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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 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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