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Devils' glass half-full at halfway mark

Tuesday, 01.05.2010 / 4:17 PM / 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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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

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