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Thursday, 02.25.2010 / 3:51 PM / Fan Zone
By Anthony Oliva
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Team Canada has had a bit of line shuffling at the 2010 Olympics.  There's so much chatter surrounding who should flank Sidney Crosby that I'm surprised TSN hasn't launched a daily, hour-long talk show hosted by Alex Trebek and Howie Mandel yet. While it appears that situation is sorting itself out, the one consistent trio for Canadians has been the Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau combination: The Shark Line.

For Team USA, Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner and Paul Stastny, have been "dominant," according to CTV analyst Ray Ferraro.  Although, Stastny has never been a Devil, his father, Peter, wore #26 for the red and green from 1989-1993, so for all intents and purposes, we'll call this threesome The Devil Line.

Shark Line (CAN) Devil Line (USA)
Goals
6 3
Assists 7 5
Points 13 8
PIM 4 0
+/- -1 8
GWG 0 2
PPG 2 2
SOG 43 29

On an unrelated note, I never quite understood why fantasy hockey gives points to the team with the most penalty minutes.  When does going shorthanded help out a hockey team in real life?

Tomorrow we see how the medal round shakes down.  I'm predicting with my heart, because the entire hockey-loving planet outside of Finland and Slovakia wants Canada vs USA II.  That rematch would be bigger than Freddy vs Jason and Batman vs Superman diced together inside a Cuisinart.  Despite that, as master of the obvious, I say Finland and Slovakia can't be overlooked.  They are in this position for a reason, as Sweden painfully found out last night.  May the best teams win!

Questions?  Comments?  olympics@newjerseydevils.com

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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