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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

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
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8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
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10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
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14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
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16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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