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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

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