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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 - 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