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Devils eye first winning streak of season

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 3:54 PM / News
By Mike G. Morreale  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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Devils eye first winning streak of season
Devils eye first winning streak of season

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur will start consecutive games for the first time this season when he steps between the pipes to face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday at Prudential Center (7:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TSN2).

Brodeur, who earned his first win of the season on Saturday against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden, is 1-2-2 with a 3.32 goals-against average and .871 save percentage in five appearances. The 41-year-old is just hoping to establish some confidence and rhythm in goal as the Devils seek their first two-game winning streak of the season.

"The expectation on Marty is always pretty high," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "The bar is pretty high with him, but I'm not worried about Marty. I'm worried about building our team game."

The Devils (2-5-4) currently sit sixth in the Metropolitan Division and 12th in the Eastern Conference with eight points. After scoring one power-play goal in the first six games of the season, the team has struck for eight in the past five. The Devils scored four power-play goals on seven attempts on Saturday to rally for a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.

"I don't think it's realistic to go 4-for-[7] every night, but it wasn't just one night," DeBoer said. "We've had a power-play goal in five straight games and we're playing with confidence. We have a shoot mentality rather than making that extra pass. We want to keep that rolling."

How have the Devils been able to draw more penalties of late?

"We've been more aggressive in our mindset, getting the puck in other team's end and forechecking as a five-man unit," DeBoer said. "We're attacking, and when you're not doing that it's tougher to draw penalties."

Keith Kinkaid will serve as Brodeur's backup against the Lightning after Cory Schneider (lower body) was placed on injured reserve on Monday. Devils coach Peter DeBoer said Schneider, who is eligible to be activated Friday, could return to the lineup Saturday when New Jersey hosts the Philadelphia Flyers.

Devils captain Bryce Salvador (foot) will also miss his third straight game after being placed on injured reserve and might also make his return on Saturday against the Flyers. Salvador's absence will give rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas another opportunity to further impress the coaching staff.

Gelinas has done nothing to disappoint anyone in the organization in his two games this season. The 22-year-old has a goal, two points and four hits while averaging 18:12 of ice time.

Patrik Elias - Andrei Loktionov - Jaromir Jagr

Dainius Zubrus - Travis Zajac - Damien Brunner

Rostislav Olesz - Adam Henrique - Michael Ryder

Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne

Anton Volchenkov - Marek Zidlicky

Eric Gelinas - Adam Larsson

Martin Brodeur

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Peter Harrold, Mattias Tedenby, Jacob Josefson

Injured: Cory Schneider (lower body), Ryane Clowe (head), Bryce Salvador (foot)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59