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DeBoer: Elias doubtful; Brunner game-time decision

Saturday, 10.19.2013 / 12:59 PM / News
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DeBoer: Elias doubtful; Brunner game-time decision
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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 PIT 21 15 4 2 76 49 32
3 NYI 22 16 6 0 72 59 32
4 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
5 DET 22 12 5 5 64 54 29
6 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
7 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
8 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
9 FLA 20 8 6 6 42 51 22
10 WSH 21 9 8 4 58 57 22
11 NYR 21 9 8 4 60 62 22
12 NJD 22 9 10 3 53 63 21
13 PHI 21 8 10 3 59 66 19
14 CAR 21 6 12 3 48 63 15
15 CBJ 21 6 13 2 51 76 14
16 BUF 22 6 14 2 37 72 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 22 3 10 -2 13
M. Cammalleri 16 8 4 4 12
A. Henrique 16 6 6 4 12
M. Ryder 22 4 7 3 11
M. Zidlicky 22 3 8 -2 11
P. Elias 22 2 9 -8 11
T. Zajac 22 4 4 -2 8
D. Severson 22 4 4 2 8
E. Gelinas 18 2 5 3 7
T. Ruutu 21 5 1 2 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 9 9 2 .916 2.56
S. Clemmensen 0 0 1 .852 4.71