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DeBoer: Elias doubtful; Brunner game-time decision

Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 12:59 PM ET / News
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DeBoer: Elias doubtful; Brunner game-time decision
 
If the Devils are to get their first win of the season tonight against the Rangers, they may have to do it without two of their leading scorers.

Patrik Elias (sick) did not participate in Saturday's morning skate and is doubtful for the Devils' first meeting with their cross-river rivals. Damien Brunner left the morning skate early and will be a game-time decision according to head coach Peter DeBoer.

With five points in seven games, Brunner (3 goals, 2 assists) is tied with Marek Zidlicky for the team points lead. Elias (2 goals, 2 assists) is next with four points.

"There's no excuse this time of year – you've got to perservere," DeBoer said. "We've got some depth here. Someone's misfortune is someone else's opportunity."

In Elias' absence, Rostislav Olesz moved up to the top line with Adam Henrique and Jaromir Jagr. Brunner was slated to play on a trio with Dainius Zubrus at left wing and Jacob Josefson at center. Mattias Tedenby, who made his season debut in Ottawa on Thursday, remains on a line with Travis Zajac and Michael Ryder.

New Jersey (0-4-3) will start Cory Schneider in net as they hope to end their seven-game winless skid. Despite the slow start, DeBoer is still only focused on the next opportunity to pick up a victory.

"I don't spend a lot of energy looking in the rear-view mirror on why we're sitting where we're sitting other than the symptoms of our play on a nightly basis," the coach said. "I don't know why. Why do you go through stretches of the season at different points where you lose games? For me, it's how are we fixing it tonight and moving forward. That's where we're spending our energy."

Adam Larsson will sit tonight for Mark Fayne, who will make his second appearance of the season.

Projected lines:
Rostislav Olesz - Adam Henrique - Jaromir Jagr
Mattias Tedenby - Travis Zajac - Michael Ryder
Dainius Zubrus - Jacob Josefson - Damien Brunner
Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky
Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Anton Volchenkov - Peter Harrold

Cory Schneider
Martin Brodeur

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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