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Devils prepare to host Flyers

Friday, 01.20.2012 / 3:03 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils prepare to host Flyers
Encouraged by their first two periods against Boston, the Devils aim to deliver a complete, 60-minute performance Saturday against the Flyers.

Philadelphia, which has dropped two of its last three, visits the Rock for a 1 p.m. puck drop.

The Devils carried the play early before faltering late in Thursday's 4-1 loss to the Bruins. Boston struck for all four of its goals in the third period, snapping New Jersey's three-game winning streak.

"For 40 minutes I thought we had a pretty good pace to the game," Dainius Zubrus said. "I thought we were outplaying them, outchancing them. Then we're pressing pretty hard for that second goal and we never got it. That part would have helped. They pushed back pretty good, we started hesitating again. If you look at the video, and we did, we gave them some holes that normally we wouldn't and we shouldn't."

The Devils (26-18-2) have split two meetings with the division-rival Flyers. They avenged a 3-0 setback in their Oct. 8 home opener by capturing a 4-3 shootout win in Philly on Nov. 3. The Flyers are the only team to have blanked coach Peter DeBoer's squad this season. 

"We're going to get a lot of the same as we did against Boston," DeBoer said. "A team ahead of us in the standings that we're trying to track down. Our desperation level has to be high. Our attention to detail and systems has to be good for 60 minutes.

"We worked for the majority of the game [Thursday] night and did a real good job, but those teams show you that you go to sleep for a shift or a couple of shifts or take a bad penalty or make a mistake, they make you pay. That's why they've done what they've done over the last year."

Boston held Adam Henrique's top line with Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk off the scoresheet. They put five shots on Tim Thomas, but wound up a combined -5.

"The top lines have to be the best in order to give yourself a chance to win." Henrique said. "We had some chances last night but couldn't get one in. They ended up getting a few bounces and getting a few goals and that was the difference. We have to take care of our own end, but we have to contribute offensively, too, to give ourselves a chance."

One loss, however, is unlikely to derail the good thing the Devils have going. They're 14-6-1 in their last 21 games and held a two-point lead on eighth-place Florida entering Friday's action.

DeBoer said the team's mood is where it needs to be to take on the Flyers, who are just four points ahead in the Atlantic Division.

"I think it was pretty good," he said. "Any time we lose, we're disappointed. I think we expect to win, which is a good sign. We definitely weren't holding any parties or parades in there. At the same time, I think we all know that the focus has to shift now to a real important game against Philly."

The Devils want to get back to playing their game against Philadelphia.

"Stay with what works for us," Zubrus said. "If they beat us making three, four great passes, then so be it. But I think we have to stay aggressive and make them make those plays. We have to be way tougher to play against. In the third [against Boston], we kind of fell back a little bit."

He added: "We've had these sort of setbacks before, usually we responded. Now it's another  big division game, huge points, and this second half I think there will be tons of those games. Every one of them is very important."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 34 22 7 5 108 80 49
2 NYI 34 23 11 0 105 94 46
3 MTL 35 22 11 2 95 84 46
4 TBL 36 21 11 4 117 96 46
5 DET 35 18 8 9 100 87 45
6 TOR 35 20 12 3 118 102 43
7 NYR 32 18 10 4 97 83 40
8 WSH 34 17 11 6 99 90 40
9 BOS 35 18 14 3 91 91 39
10 FLA 32 15 9 8 73 82 38
11 PHI 34 14 14 6 97 101 34
12 OTT 34 14 14 6 90 94 34
13 CBJ 33 14 16 3 80 107 31
14 NJD 36 12 17 7 78 104 31
15 BUF 35 13 19 3 69 115 29
16 CAR 34 10 20 4 70 93 24

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 29 9 11 0 20
J. Jagr 35 5 15 -12 20
M. Zidlicky 36 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 24 11 4 -1 15
M. Ryder 34 4 10 -1 14
P. Elias 29 4 9 -16 13
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
E. Gelinas 29 4 6 2 10
S. Bernier 25 2 7 4 9
A. Greene 36 0 9 -2 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 1 1 2 .939 1.75
C. Schneider 11 16 4 .917 2.51