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Thursday, 02.25.2010 / 3:51 PM ET / 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

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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