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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59