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Brodeur looks to rebound vs. Atlanta

Monday, 12.28.2009 / 3:13 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Brodeur looks to rebound vs. Atlanta
Martin Brodeur hopes to have a better showing tonight than he did in his last meeting with the Thrashers. He was pulled after allowing three goals on six shots in the first period at Atlanta on Dec. 19. The Devils fell behind 3-1 before rebounding with four straight tallies for a 5-4 win.

New Jersey's also looking to shake off Saturday’s 4-1 defeat in Washington. Brodeur will be making his 16th consecutive start and 23rd straight appearance.

“I think it’s important when you have a tough game to try and bounce back with a better one,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenge against a team that’s played us pretty well in the two games we’ve played. Definitely going to have to have our ‘A’ game and bounce back. We’ve done well doing that all year, but again it’s another challenge for us to get it done.”

Head coach Jacques Lemaire doesn’t underestimate Atlanta’s offense, which is led by Ilya Kovalchuk’s 22 goals and 41 points. The Thrashers are second in the Southeast Division with 40 points.

“Atlanta is a team that plays a game where sometimes, not much is going on for them, and then they make one play – just one play – and they’re leading 1-0,” said the coach. “It’s an explosive team. Against them, you really have to pay attention to details. It could be a long pass. It could be a one-timer from one side to the other side. It’s things like that that change the game for them. They’re capable of doing this, and they do it game after game.”

Tonight is the third meeting between the teams this season. The Thrashers topped the Devils, 4-2, in New Jersey on Oct. 16.


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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51