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Team practices at AmeriHealth Pavilion before closing out road trip in Ottawa

Tuesday, 10.15.2013 / 2:52 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Comforts of home
Team practices at AmeriHealth Pavilion before closing out trip in Ottawa



 
A grueling schedule that has opened with six of the first seven games on the road has the Devils still searching for their first win of 2013-14.

Martin Brodeur expected this type of challenge in the early going, especially with last week's four-game swing through Western Canada. But the feeling after Tuesday's practice at AmeriHealth Pavilion is that one victory could get things back on track

The Devils (0-3-3) will skate again in Newark on Wednesday before closing out their season-high five-game road trip Thursday in Ottawa.

"We knew the first month, month and a half was going to be hard because of that type of scheduling that we have," Brodeur said. "We need to just get one win, get the first win and go from there. Everybody's anxious. We all know we can do it. It's just a matter of getting it done."

Sunday's loss in Winnipeg ended an eight-day tour with stops in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary. After a day off on Monday, the Devils were finally back on familiar ice again.

"It was nice," head coach Peter DeBoer said. "I think you come back, you get to regroup a little bit. We watched some video, we had a good practice, and now we've got to translate it into a win on Thursday."

DeBoer adjusted his lines in the absence of Ryane Clowe (rest), who did not practice.

Adam Henrique centered Patrik Elias and Jaromir Jagr, while Mattias Tedenby slid into the left side on a line with Travis Zajac and Michael Ryder. Andrei Loktionov skated between Dainius Zubrus and Damien Brunner, and Ryan Carter (upper body), who has missed the last three games with upper body soreness, was back on the fourth line with Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier. Jacob Josefson and Rostislav Olesz were the extra forwards.

"We've got some new faces and we're still trying to find some chemistry: who plays well with who, who looks good with who," DeBoer said. "Some position stuff: is Elias better at the middle or on the wing, is Henrique better on the wing. There's some different things that we're juggling with here. We split in exhibition games pretty much almost two teams until the last game. These first five or six games we're kind of working through that process."

Tedenby, an injured non-roster player, could be available soon.

"From a health point of view, I think he's definitely getting close to being an option," DeBoer said.

The coach noted that his squad has been "a little loose," and needs to be "a harder team to play against."

Said DeBoer: "I think we know what we have to do to get it fixed, it's just going out and getting that job done. I don't think anybody's loose and happy about where we're at, but I don't sense that anybody's squeezing the stick. We're all looking for answers. I think we know what the answers are: it's getting the jobs done."

Jaromir Jagr has seen the Devils let leads slip away despite stretches in which they dominated opponents. It's a trend he hopes to end.

"There's some games when you play better than the other team and you lose, or it can be the other way around," Jagr said. "These are the kinds of the things you can't really control. Over 80 games, it's going to be equal. You win some games you shouldn't and lose some games you shouldn't. You just have to work hard and believe in the things you do. That's the only thing you can control: work hard and make sure you're better than you were yesterday."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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