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Coach's notes 11.27

Saturday, 11.27.2010 / 12:25 PM / News
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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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  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

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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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