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DeBoer: 'We're improving'

Tuesday, 12.20.2011 / 3:47 PM ET / 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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 55 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 53 18 18 14 36
K. Palmieri 55 20 15 3 35
T. Zajac 47 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 47 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 55 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 51 1 12 -1 13
A. Greene 55 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 44 3 7 -14 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 16 6 .930 2.01
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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