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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 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