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Devils hoping to overcome struggles

Monday, 12.13.2010 / 4:45 PM / 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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  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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