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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 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 55 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 53 18 18 14 36
K. Palmieri 55 20 15 3 35
T. Zajac 47 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 47 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 55 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 51 1 12 -1 13
A. Greene 55 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 44 3 7 -14 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 16 6 .930 2.01
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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