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GAME: Calgary Flames (30-22-5-3) at New Jersey Devils (31-17-11-1).
TIME: Sunday, 1 p.m. EST.
Known primarily as a defense-first team, the New Jersey Devils might finally have a dominant offensive line to turn to this season.
Led by their new top trio of Patrick Elias, Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta, the Devils begin a three-game homestand against the Calgary Flames.
The Devils are coming off their best offensive performance of the season, a 7-3 rout of the New York Rangers on Saturday. Elias, Gomez and Gionta were together for the sixth straight game, combining for 11 points in the victory.
Gomez had two goals and added three assists for the second time in three games, Elias had two goals and two assists, and Gionta had a goal and an assist as the Devils rebounded from a 3-1 loss at Washington on Thursday.
"It's a matter of confidence," Elias said."We're creating and working hard."
Gomez had his first multigoal game of the season and tied his career high with five points. He set up three goals Tuesday in a tie with Minnesota and has nine points in his last three games.
The Devils are 3-1-1 in their last five games and are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. New Jersey trails Philadelphia by six points for the Atlantic Division lead.
The Flames have dropped back-to-back games since a four-game winning streak, including Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.
Roman Turek, who missed two games due to the birth of his child, stopped 22 of 24 shots in his return. Turek has lost seven of 11 starts since coming back from a knee injury that caused him to miss 39 games.
"I have to find a way to win more games in a row," said Turek, who lost the starting job to Miikka Kiprusoff during his absence. "So far I win one, then lose one, and it's not working. If I play, I have to find a way to put more wins together and go from there."
STANDINGS: Flames - 68 points, 3rd place, 10 PB, Northwest Division. Devils - 74 points, 2nd place, 6 PB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Flames - Jarome Iginla, 30 goals and 54 points; Iginla and Craig Conroy, 24 assists; Krzysztof Oliwa, 183 PIM. Devils - Elias, 23 goals and 50 points; Gomez, 32 assists; Colin White, 58 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 20): Flames - Power play: 15.9 percent (42 for 264), 17th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (209 for 248), 18th. Devils - Power play: 15.6 percent (35 for 224), 18th. Penalty killing:85.4 percent (179 for 298), 6th.
GOALTENDERS: Flames - Kiprusoff (14-4-2, 1 SO, 1.53 GAA); Turek (4-9-0, 1 SO, 2.72 GAA); Jamie McLennan (12-9-3, 4, 2.20). Devils - Martin Brodeur (28-17-10, 10, 2.03); Scott Clemmensen (1-1-0, 1, 1.53).
2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Flames, 2-0.
LAST MEETING: March 5; Flames, 5-4 (OT). At Calgary, Martin Gelinas, wearing a cast on his left hand to protect a broken thumb, scored his second goal of the game at 1:54 of overtime as the Flames overcame a 2-0 defict.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Flames - 14-11-1-2 on the road; Devils - 16-10-4-1 at home.
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