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Devils hoping to overcome struggles

Monday, 12.13.2010 / 4:45 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Though there’s no ignoring their place in the standings, the Devils aren’t dwelling on the negatives.

They’re stuck in a five-game losing skid and have dropped back-to-back games at home. But the team’s looking forward, not back. Their three-game homestand continues Wednesday against Phoenix.

“I don’t think anyone is feeling good about where we stand, but you can’t do anything about what’s transpired,” Devils President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello said Monday. “Right now, we have to focus in on Wednesday night’s game. That’s what we have to get ready for.” 

It hasn’t been easy. Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Detroit was the second straight in which the Devils allowed two goals in the game’s first two minutes. Martin Brodeur, who made consecutive starts after missing eight games with an elbow injury, plans on taking it one game – one day – at a time.

“Not having fun is not fun,” Brodeur said. “We’re trying hard, we’re playing hard to try and change things, but it seems not to be working. Hopefully we’ll get through this. I know it’s hard. Right now, we can’t even look at the playoffs. I think this is something that’s hopefully going to be there later on. Right now it’s, we just have to concentrate on the next game, play day by day. That’s it.”

John MacLean’s club is lighting it up on the power play, and shutting down opponents on the penalty kill. The Devils (8-19-2) have connected for six goals on the man advantage over their last four games (6-for-15), while going a perfect 16-for-16 on the PK.

Those are reasons for optimism even when recent struggles make it difficult to see the glass half-full.

“The standings, every day you look at them,” MacLean said. “We know. Today’s practice we had to work on things, and we have to get ready for the next game. We can’t look beyond anything but the next game. You have to get in the right frame of mind to play that game at hand. You can’t focus on anything, any outside distractions. You have to just focus in what the job is at hand.”

The Devils' run of 13 consecutive postseason appearances is on the line, but Brodeur recommended looking first for short-term gains. A win against the Coyotes would be a good start.

"Right now, we can’t even look at the playoffs," he said. "I think this is something that’s hopefully going to be there later on. Right now it’s, we just have to concentrate on the next game, play day by day. That’s it."

In the meantime, they're just hoping to loosen up and pick up some victories.

"There’s times when you never know; we’re just going to try and do our best to get out of this and just have fun," Brodeur said. "We have to build something. It’s 82 games, we have to have something good, positive come out of this season. So far, it hasn’t gone our way, but we have to find a way because it’s not fun for anybody." 

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STANDINGS

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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