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Devils eye first winning streak of season

Tuesday, 10.29.2013 / 3:54 PM ET / News
By Mike G. Morreale  - NHL.com Staff Writer
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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 54 15 24 6 39
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
K. Palmieri 54 20 15 3 35
A. Henrique 52 17 17 14 34
T. Zajac 46 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 46 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 54 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 50 1 12 0 13
A. Greene 54 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 43 3 7 -13 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 16 6 .929 2.03
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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