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Devils' glass half-full at halfway mark

Tuesday, 01.5.2010 / 4:17 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils\' glass half-full at halfway mark
Martin Brodeur and the Devils couldn't have asked for much more through 40 games. Set to officially reach the season's midway point Tuesday against Dallas, New Jersey's 29-10-1 record has them three points ahead of Buffalo for the Eastern Conference lead.

But with the Olympics and the homestretch still to come, Brodeur said the season's second half may yet hold some twists and turns.

"You have to be satisfied with how we’ve come out of the box here," said Brodeur, who has a League-best 26 wins. "But the hard hockey is coming up now. We have this sprint to the Olympic break, and after that some of them will get all the rest they need to get back for the last part of the season. That’s going to be the tough part. Definitely getting points now is important, because they’re harder to get later on."

The Devils won a franchise-record 51 games last season, but exited in the first round of the playoffs for a second straight time. Brodeur, who has enjoyed a record-filled first half, sees postseason success as the team's ultimate goal.

"When you make the playoffs for a lot of years, I think the expectation becomes how you do in the playoffs," he said. "As an athlete, as a player, it’s all about the playoffs. Nobody remembers how you played in the regular season by the summer. There’s one team that’s going to win, that’s the bottom line.

"Hopefully, you’re the one competing for it. We’re definitely looking forward to the challenge, and it’ll be challenge. We feel we’re better equipped this time around. We have a good team with the way we’ve been coached so far. There’s a lot of bright things. But we’re going to need guys to get back in the lineup and we’ll see what the future will bring."

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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