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Devils ready to host Flyers in home opener

Monday, 01.21.2013 / 4:23 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils ready to host Flyers in home opener



 
A match-up between rivals always brings out the best in both clubs.

But the Devils' five-game ouster of Philadelphia last postseason coupled with the Flyers' winless start figures to make Tuesday's home opener more heated than most.

"I think that's a given," head coach Pete DeBoer said Monday. "Playing the team that knocked you out in the playoffs and being in an 0-2 hole to start the season, we know exactly what we're getting."

DeBoer's group is ready to play its first home game since June 9, when they beat the Kings, 2-1, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final to force the series back to Los Angeles.

David Clarkson looking forward to comforts of home.

"It's an exciting night," DeBoer said. "We've waited a long time for it. Our fans were so great last year during the playoff run that it'll be great to be in that atmosphere again."

For the fans especially, it's been a long time coming. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

"It's going to be fun," David Clarkson said. "These fans were outstanding to us as a team throughout the playoffs. I think they don't realize how much it helps when you have support from your home crowd. The fans were big and we're hoping that they're all back in their seats (Tuesday) night cheering us on again."

The Devils picked up a win in Saturday's season opener, knocking off the Islanders, 2-1, at Nassau Coliseum. Patrik Elias set up Clarkson's goal that broke a 1-1 tie at 8:17 of the third.

"We're still going to make mistakes, but (I liked) the way we covered up for each other," Elias said. "Just a good team effort. I think we'll get better as the games go on, obviously, but a lot of positives getting the system in place quickly."

DeBoer took plenty of positives from opening night, but knows there's still work to do.

"This is going to be a long road of daily improvement," he said. "The nice thing for me was the foundation of our team play was pretty solid and we can build off that. Last year, you're starting basically from scratch. It's nice that that foundation's there and it'll allow us to get into some of the details of the game and some certain areas a little quicker."

Martin Brodeur
, who made 18 saves in the victory, is looking forward to finally being back in a rocking Prudential Center.

"We had never really given them much to celebrate in this building before, and when we gave it to them, they really took it and embraced it," Brodeur said. Again, we're looking to continue on the same wave of what we accomplished last season. Definitely we're going to need (the fans) to come back and support us as well as they can. What a great match-up to start the year at home, that's for sure."

Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson rested on Monday and did not take part in practice. Both are expected to play Tuesday.

• While the Flyers' schedule has them playing three times in the first four days of the season, the Devils have enjoyed a bit more breathing room. They had two days off after the season opener and will have another two before hosting Washington on Friday. They then visit Montreal on Sunday.

"We were pretty fortunate in the way the schedule laid out for us," DeBoer said. "You look at some of the other schedules some of the teams have, you pay the bill for that later, though. There's catch-up along the way and we're going to get jammed at some point or another because of the luxury of a little slower start. From a coaching perspective, it's been nice."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59