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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
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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 67 16 24 -2 40
M. Cammalleri 60 25 12 5 37
S. Gomez 50 7 24 -7 31
P. Elias 61 10 20 -16 30
S. Bernier 59 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 66 11 12 -2 23
A. Larsson 56 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 74 3 17 5 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 54 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 4 3 .919 2.42