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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 40 10 16 -1 26
J. Jagr 43 9 16 -10 25
M. Cammalleri 35 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 37 6 14 -14 20
M. Zidlicky 47 4 16 -7 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 39 8 8 -7 16
S. Gomez 23 4 12 -5 16
S. Bernier 32 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 29 5 7 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 19 4 .920 2.41
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54