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Gelinas returns to the lineup vs. Columbus

First NHL game for rookie d-man since Jan. 30

Thursday, 02.27.2014 / 2:25 PM ET / News
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Gelinas returns to the lineup vs. Columbus
Gelinas returns to the lineup vs. Columbus
 
Eric Gelinas said his game should look a little different following his most recent stint in Albany (AHL).

The rookie defenseman put up two assists in five February games with the Devils' top minor-league affiliate, but the assignment was less about numbers and more about tightening up on the defensive end.

He returns to the lineup Thursday, when the Devils host Columbus at 7 p.m. for their first game since the Olympic break.

"I think the biggest thing is being responsible and being smart, picking my spots to go on the offense and not trying to do too much," Gelinas said. "What I do best is put the puck on net and try to create some offense that way, so I'll try to help the team that way."

Coach Peter DeBoer hopes to see Gelinas return to his early season form. Gelinas' 13 points on the power play are a team high, and second only to Boston's Torey Krug among rookie blueliners.

"I think like all young defensemen, he drifted a little bit in parts of his game," DeBoer said. "I think he recognized that went down to Albany (AHL). All the reports out of there were that he fixed some of those things. I anticipate, I'm hoping we'll see the same guy we saw the first 15, 20 games he played up here where he had a great combination of offense and was very reliable defensively."

Said Gelinas, "I went back to basics. I'm a simple player and I have to be simple here, too. I can't get out of my game and try to do something I'm not able to do. I'm really going to try to stay simple here."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 69 16 24 -3 40
M. Cammalleri 62 25 13 3 38
P. Elias 63 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 52 7 24 -7 31
S. Bernier 61 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 68 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 58 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 76 3 18 3 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 56 6 11 -3 17
 
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C. Schneider 26 28 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47