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Coach's notes 11.27

Saturday, 11.27.2010 / 12:25 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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**UPDATE** Patrik Elias will not play today due to personal/family reasons.

John MacLean won't make any lineup changes for today's 1 p.m. meeting with the Flyers, but expects to tweak his lines in preparation for the defending Eastern Conference champions.

First and foremost, he's counting on a better effort than he got from his club in Friday's 2-0 loss at Long Island.

"Yeah, I think so," MacLean said. "Coming in against a team like Philly, you’re going to have to be on top of your game. You have to be ready to play and I think the guys will bounce back here. If we play together, we should get a win."

MacLean juggled his lines Friday, promoting Adam Mair to the top line and moving Alexander Vasyunov to the fourth line with Rod Pelley and Stephen Gionta. The Devils (7-14-2) have won three straight at home but were denied their first three-game winning streak since last December.

"You’re trying to get guys going, different guys, you have to try different combinations," MacLean said. "We may have to try different combinations today, also."

It's part of the process of getting the team into the wins column more consistently.

"I wish we could just stay with the same lines all the time, but if they’re not going, you have to try something," he said. "We’re going to keep trying until we get it right and consistently get going on the right track."

The Devils used net presence to great effect in Monday's 5-0 romp over Washington, driving to the goalmouth to give more time and space to puck carriers

"We keep saying, when you’re launching attacks or you’re going through the neutral zone, somebody has to sacrifice for the guy with the puck," MacLean said. "Last game especially, we weren’t sacrificing and that’s what we have to do. We have to get the guy going to the net to give the guy with the puck some options, back somebody off. When we do that, we’re fine, but we have to do it consistently."

Today's challenge will be taking on a Flyers team that's second in the conference, holds a 6-2-2 mark on the road, and has gone 6-2-2 in its last 10.

"Highly skilled team, they come at you with a balanced attack," MacLean said of Philadelphia. "Their back end’s very good. They’re a good hockey club. We’re going to have to be on top of our game to beat them. They spread out their talent pretty well on their four lines, and their back end moves the puck. Concerns for us would be managing the puck properly through the neutral zone, winning one-on-one battles. It’s going to come down to smart decisions with the puck."

The Devils dropped five of six against the Flyers last season before losing to them in five games in the Eastern quarterfinals.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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