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 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51