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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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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 67 16 24 -2 40
M. Cammalleri 60 25 12 5 37
S. Gomez 50 7 24 -7 31
P. Elias 61 10 20 -16 30
S. Bernier 59 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 66 11 12 -2 23
A. Larsson 56 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 74 3 17 5 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 54 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 4 3 .919 2.42