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Devils' glass half full through 41 games

Monday, 01.09.2012 / 3:27 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils\' glass half full through 41 games
The Devils are halfway to their goal of getting back into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Through 41 games – half of the NHL’s 82-game marathon – coach Peter DeBoer has the Devils in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. If the regular season had ended Sunday, the Devils would be prepping right now for a first-round matchup with Florida, a team they've beaten twice in three meetings.

There's still 41 games to go, however, and much work to be done. The Devils are riding back-to-back wins into a three-game swing through western Canada that starts Tuesday in Calgary:

• With 48 points (23-16-2), the Devils are third in the Atlantic Division, four points behind Philadelphia, and eight behind the NHL-leading Rangers. Five installments remain in the Battle of the Hudson: Jan. 31 and March 6 at Prudential Center; Feb. 7 & 27 and March 19 at MSG.

• The Devils are 11-7-1 at home, 12-9-1 on the road.

Patrik Elias leads the team with 38 points (14g, 24a). This year has already seen him establish a new club mark for goals (349) and power-play goals (96). On Friday he became just the third player to make 1,000 appearances with the Devils.

• Led by captain Zach Parise and Adam Henrique, the Devils have scored a League-best nine shorthanded goals. Parise and Henrique are tied for the NHL lead with six shorthanded points; tied for second overall with three shorthanded goals; and tied with Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu for a League-high three shorthanded assists.

• Henrique has emerged as a Calder Trophy candidate for rookie of the year. With 32 points in 38 games, he trails Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins by just three points, and ranks second in both goals (12) and assists (20) by a rookie. Nugent-Hopkins has missed three games with an upper body injury that’s expected to sideline him for up to four weeks.

Henrique, 21, had a rookie season-high seven-game points streak (2g-7a-9pts) from Nov. 25 to Dec. 8, and was named NHL Rookie of the Month for December. He became the first Devils forward to earn the honor since Scott Gomez (Nov. 99), who went on to capture the Calder.

• The Devils' penalty kill matched a franchise record by not allowing a power-play goal for the first 10-plus home games of the season. Entering Monday’s action, the Devils have the best overall PK (13 goals in 147 chances, 91.2%), as well as the best home PK (5 goals in 70 chances, 92.9%).

Adam Larsson tied a team rookie defenseman record by collecting points in five straight games from Nov. 19-26. Larsson, the fourth overall pick last year, leads Devils defensemen in points (13), assists (11) and average ice time (21:42). He turned 19 on Nov. 12.

Travis Zajac’s offseason surgery sidelined him for the first 30 games of the season, making David Clarkson the club’s new ironman (143 games). Clarkson’s 15 goals is just two shy of his previous single-season high, putting him on pace for 30 this year.

• Goaltender Martin Brodeur has three assists this season, bringing his career total to 39. He now has eight career power-play helpers, two shorthanded and 28 at even strength.

Dainius Zubrus appeared in his 1,000th NHL game (Nov. 16 at Buffalo), scored his 200th career goal (Jan. 2 at Ottawa) and reached the 500-point mark (Nov. 8 vs. Carolina).

• Anton Volchenkov made his 500th NHL appearance (Nov. 12 at Washington).

• The Devils are 8-1 in shootouts, 2-1 in overtime.

SCHEDULE

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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 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
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 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 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