New Jersey Devils

Elias mired in ‘frustrating’ 11-game goalless drought

Patrick Elias has scored plenty of goals over his lengthy career — 394, to be specific — but he’s currently in the midst of one of his worst slumps, having failed to find the back of the net in 11 straight games.

“It’s frustrating. For me, it is,” Elias said, per NorthJersey.com. “I’m getting chances. I can get a goal probably every game that I looked at it and that’s the way it goes. I don’t know. We’ve just got to keep going, creating chances. Hopefully, it will turn around.”

Since scoring in a season-opening win over Philadelphia, little has gone right for Elias offensively. He has just three points in his last nine games and has struggled to put pucks on net, recording just eight shots on goal over his last six games.

Despite this, head coach Peter DeBoer saw signs for optimism during Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to St. Louis. Elias, playing on a line with Adam Henrique and Michael Ryder, “played great” according to DeBoer — and to be fair, the line would’ve likely been on the scoresheet last night if not for this outstanding save by Jake Allen:

“If he keeps playing like he did tonight,” DeBoer said of Elias, “then he doesn’t have anything to worry about.”

 

Video: Tarasenko helps Blues past Devils

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Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko continued his hot play Tuesday night netting the lone goal in St. Louis’ 1-0 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Tarasenko now has seven goals and nine points in five games.

The win extends the Blues’ streak to six games. Goaltender Jake Allen made 26 saves for his second shutout of the season and third career goose egg.

Cory Schneider, who was starting his career-high 12th consecutive game, made 22 saves in the loss.

WATCH LIVE: St. Louis Blues vs. New Jersey Devils

The St. Louis Blues will look for their sixth straight win tonight as they visit the Prudential Center in New Jersey. The two teams split the season series last year with each winning at home. Blues’ goaltender Jake Allen is making his first career start against the Devils while Cory Schneider makes his career-high 12th straight start in goal for New Jersey. The Devils lead the all-time series 27-23-7, including a 16-9-3 mark in the past 28 games played in New Jersey. The two teams will meet for a second, and final, time in St. Louis on Thursday. The Blues and Devils meet for the 101st time tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET. You can also watch the game on NBCSN or via NBC Sports’ Live Extra stream.

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Gelinas, Bernier in Devils lineup tonight vs. Blues

Defenseman Eric Gelinas will replace Jon Merrill tonight when the New Jersey Devils play host to the St. Louis Blues.

Merrill, who has appeared in all 11 games for New Jersey this season scoring a goal and three assists, is nursing an unspecified injury according to Rich Chere of the Star Ledger.

Gelinas has a goal and three assists in eight games this season – he has sat out the previous two games.

Steve Bernier will make his regular season debut on the Devils fourth line tonight alongside Tuomo Ruutu and Stephen Gionta. Bernier was recalled from the Albany Devils on Monday.

In nine American Hockey League games this season, the 29-year-old has a goal and four assists.

Goalie nods: Greiss gets Wild, despite Fleury’s back-to-back shutouts

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News and notes from around the crease…

Fleury takes a seat

Interesting decision from the Penguins tonight, as they’ll give backup Thomas Greiss the start against the Wild at Xcel — even though Marc-Andre Fleury, the NHL’s reigning third star of the week, is in the midst of a two-game shutout streak.

The Penguins kick off a five-game roadie starting tonight and Greiss hasn’t played since Oct. 23, so there are some reasons to get him in. That said, Fleury has been nothing short of outstanding lately — he actually has three shutouts in his last four starts — and tonight’s game is one of Pittsburgh’s bigger tests; Minnesota is third in the NHL in goals per game (3.40) with a perfect 5-0-0 record at home, and the Penguins have some “easier” games on this trip, including a stop in Buffalo on Saturday.

For the Wild, Darcy Kuemper will be in goal.

Elsewhere…

Panthers at Bruins: Roberto Luongo vs. Tuukka Rask

Oilers at Flyers: Viktor Fasth vs. Steve Mason

Flames at Caps: Jonas Hiller vs. Braden Holtby

‘Canes at Jackets: Cam Ward vs. Curtis McElhinney

Wings at Sens: Jimmy Howard vs. Craig Anderson

‘Hawks at Habs: Corey Crawford vs. Carey Price

Blues at Devils: Jake Allen vs. Cory Schneider

Preds at Jets: Carter Hutton vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Kings at Stars: Kari Lehtonen for Dallas, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.

Canucks at Avs: Ryan Miller vs. Semyon Varlamov

Leafs at Coyotes: Mike Smith for Arizona, Jonathan Bernier likely for Toronto.