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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."

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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 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 52 24 10 5 34
A. Henrique 57 12 20 -2 32
P. Elias 54 10 17 -12 27
S. Gomez 40 5 19 -10 24
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 56 10 10 -3 20
S. Bernier 49 10 9 0 19
A. Larsson 46 3 16 5 19
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Greene 64 2 13 7 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 23 6 .928 2.17
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59