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Elias, Gionta gametime decisions for Friday

Schneider starts; Brodeur to face Pittsburgh on Saturday

Friday, 11.15.2013 / 2:16 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Elias, Gionta gametime decisions for Friday
Elias, Gionta gametime decisions for Friday



 
Coach Peter DeBoer updated this morning that Patrik Elias and Stephen Gionta would be game-time decisions for tonight's home meeting with Los Angeles.

Elias, who has missed six games with an upper body injury, hopes to make his first appearance since Oct. 29.

"It's something you feel you should be getting better with, but it's frustrating when you don't, especially for that long," Elias said after the morning skate.

Cory Schneider will be in goal for the Devils (6-7-5) who take aim at their first three-game winning streak of the season. Tonight will mark their first matchup against the Kings since the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

"Boy, it seems like a long time ago," DeBoer said. "We don't talk about [having extra motivation against the Kings]. There's some familiarity there with individual players and tendencies, just because, you get to that point, you spend a lot of time breaking down the other team. I haven't mentioned [defenseman Drew] Doughty's name in 18 months, and then this morning, that's all I talked about."

Martin Brodeur, who expects to start Saturday versus Pittsburgh, was asked what he remembers about the 2012 run.

"That we lost," he said. "It's always tough, teams that take away something that you really want, and the Kings did two [seasons] ago. You kind of learn to hate them because of that."

The Devils fell behind 3-0 in the series but rallied to force a Game 6 that the Kings eventually won to capture their first-ever Stanley Cup.

"It was a fun run," said Brodeur. "The first series [vs. Florida], it took us everything to get out of it. The Panthers played it really well and we had some good performances at the end from players that we needed to pass them. After that, we played rivalry teams: the Flyers and the Rangers. You built a lot of good emotions as far as teammates are concerned because of these kinds of wins."

Brodeur continued, "It kind of makes you taste [getting close to a championship]. It's kind of fun to try and do it again."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 51 32 15 4 166 133 68
2 MTL 49 32 14 3 130 111 67
3 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 50 28 14 8 145 129 64
6 BOS 50 27 16 7 134 124 61
7 NYR 47 28 15 4 139 112 60
8 WSH 50 25 15 10 147 129 60
9 FLA 47 21 16 10 115 132 52
10 PHI 51 22 22 7 140 151 51
11 OTT 48 20 19 9 136 136 49
12 TOR 51 22 25 4 144 156 48
13 NJD 50 19 22 9 113 138 47
14 CBJ 48 21 24 3 120 151 45
15 CAR 49 17 26 6 105 129 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 43 10 17 -1 27
J. Jagr 46 10 16 -12 26
M. Cammalleri 38 16 7 -2 23
P. Elias 40 6 15 -13 21
M. Zidlicky 50 4 16 -8 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
S. Gomez 26 4 13 -6 17
S. Bernier 35 8 8 3 16
T. Zajac 42 8 8 -6 16
M. Havlat 32 5 8 -9 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 2 3 3 .919 2.34
C. Schneider 17 19 5 .922 2.36