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Devils' Olympians through the preliminary round

Elias, Jagr, Zidlicky and Czechs face Slovakia next; Brunner, Swiss vs. Latvia

Sunday, 02.16.2014 / 4:17 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils\' Olympians through the preliminary round
Devils\' Olympians through the preliminary round

With the preliminary round in Sochi complete, the Olympic tournament continues Tuesday with four qualification playoff games.

The Czech Republic, featuring Devils' Olympians Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias and Marek Zidlicky, will face Slovakia. Devils winger Damien Brunner and Switzerland will take on Latvia.

The other matchups will see Russia against Norway and Slovenia versus Austria.

The tournament's top finishers – Sweden, the United States, Canada, and Finland – all received byes and return to action in Wednesday's quarterfinals. The U.S. plays the winner of Czech Republic-Slovakia, while Canada will duel the winner of Switzerland-Latvia.

The Czechs finished seventh in preliminary round play after going 1-2. Their 4-2 victory over Latvia on Friday was bookended by losses to Sweden, 4-2, on Wednesday and Switzerland, 1-0, on Saturday.

Zidlicky led the Czechs with three points in three games (2g-1a), giving him 13 points (6g-7a) in 15 career Olympic contests. He recorded seven shots and was +1.

Jagr, who turned 42 on Saturday, collected two goals in three games to match Zidlicky for the team lead and now has 22 points (9g-13a) in 26 Olympic appearances. His eight shots represented the second highest total for the Czechs.

Elias, not in the lineup Saturday, posted one assist in two games, improving his career Olympic totals to seven points (3g-4a) in 12 contests. He contributed three shots and was +2.

The Swiss played three 1-0 games, winning two to go 2-1 and finish sixth.

Brunner, making his Olympic debut, recorded a game-high five shots in Switzerland's opening victory over Latvia, but did not register a point in the round.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59