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DeBoer: 'We're improving'

Tuesday, 12.20.2011 / 3:47 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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With the Devils set to face the Rangers for the first time this season, coach Peter DeBoer indicated this morning that he's feeling good about his club's recent play. They've won a season-high four in a row to go five games over .500 for the first time in 2011-12.

"There's obviously areas we need to improve at, including the power play and some defensive lapses here and there, still, in the last minute of games," DeBoer said. "But we're improving in a lot of areas. I think the offense is starting to come. We're starting to jell, we're starting to get multiple lines contributing.

"We're playing better. I thought the third period in Montreal the other night [5-3 win] was our best third period with the lead this year. We have to clean up the last minute a little bit. We didn't do a great job with [their] goalie out, but we're improving and doing a lot of things better. That's the idea of this League – you have to get better every day in areas."

Martin Brodeur will start in net.

"They have a great record [18-8-4]," Brodeur said of the Rangers. "We look at the record, we look at the way they play defensively and I think that's where I think it's going to be a big challenge for us to get to them. Offensively, [Marian] Gaborik's been playing really well, a few guys are putting the pucks in the net, so we're definitely looking forward to a matchup with a team that's, right now, higher than us in the standings."

Patrik Elias (sick) will not play. Henrik Tallinder (back spasms) will miss his third straight game.

Projected lines:

Sykora-Zajac-Zubrus
Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk
Tedenby-Carter-Clarkson
Boulton-Sestito-Janssen

Taormina-Fayne
Volchenkov-Foster
Salvador-Larsson

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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