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Havelid paired with Salvador in practice

Thursday, 03.5.2009 / 4:37 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Havelid paired with Salvador in practice
Havelid warms up prior to Thursday's practice at AmeriHealth Pavilion.
newjerseydevils.com – Niclas Havelid took part Thursday in his first full practice, and the early feedback on the veteran defenseman is all positive.

Havelid was slotted on the right side of Bryce Salvador.

“It’s definitely good to have him here,” Salvador said. “Whenever you can add experience and veteran experience, it’s nice to be able to do. He’s played in the League long enough, and we’ve played each other lots of times. He’s a solid, steady defenseman, and he’s only going to need one practice or a couple practices. He knows how we play, and it’s a nice addition.”

Salvador was happy about one other thing, too.

"I’m no longer the oldest d-man on the team," he joked. Salvador turned 33 last month, while Havelid will be 36 on April 12.

Havelid was acquired Monday with minor-league forward Myles Stoesz from Atlanta in exchange for defenseman Anssi Salmela. He sounded pleased with his first skate with the full squad.

“I’d had three days off, so it was good to get back on the ice and get ready for Saturday’s game,” said Havelid, who last played on Feb. 28 in the Thrashers’ win over visiting Carolina.

Now, head coach Brent Sutter will work at getting his new blueliner in sync with the Devils’ system. First-place New Jersey holds a nine-point lead over Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division with 18 games remaining.

The club leads Washington by two points for second in the Eastern Conference, six behind top-seeded Boston, and will be back in action Saturday at Long Island.

“Definitely different systems,” Sutter said, comparing the Devils and Thrashers. “But I think he’s a player that will adapt and adjust very well with how we play. He’s an experienced guy that knows how to play the game.”

Havelid was used by Atlanta in special teams situations this season, and Sutter expects to fit him into a similar role. Included in Havelid's 15 points are two power-play assists, as well as a shorthanded goal and assist.

Said Sutter, “I’m looking forward to getting him into the game on Saturday.”

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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
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
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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