Day Two - Afternoon session

Monday, 09.14.2009 / 1:06 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Day Two - Afternoon session
Brian Rolston sneaks to the front of the net on goalie Gerald Coleman.
After Travis Zajac centered Zach Parise and Brendan Shanahan in the day's first session at AmeriHealth Pavilion, Dainius Zubrus hit the ice in the second session with Brian Rolston on his left and Jamie Langenbrunner on his right.

Together, Parise, Zajac and Langenbrunner each reached offensive career highs last season as the Devils' top line, but Rolston, who spent three years with Lemaire in Minnesota, said the Devils' head coach could be looking for balance.

Rolston has said he's hoping to get back to the 30-goal mark after an ankle injury forced him to miss 18 games last season, limiting him to 15 goals and 17 assists.

"I think it'll be an experimental thing for Jacques, but Jacques has always been a guy that tried to make the lines as even as possible to get a threat from every line," Rolston said. "Maybe that's what he's trying to do here. We had one line that carried us last year, and I'm sure that line will be together at times; sometimes they may not, to get other guys going."

Of course, Lemaire is likely to try even more combinations before training camp wraps up. The Devils' preseason opener is Wednesday at 7 p.m. against the New York Rangers at Prudential Center.

"I think you're going to see a lot of different stuff," Zubrus said. "That's what camp is for. There's a lot of young kids, there's a lot of different things going on."

Zubrus skated between Patrick Davis and Niclas Bergfors on Sunday.

"First of all, you want to be out there moving a lot, there has to be a good pace," he said. "It's always fun when passes connect and plays that you're trying to develop work and things like that. Yesterday I was with two young kids and they were good, too. That's what camp is for. The purpose is just to get the pace going. It's too early to talk about chemistry."

Zubrus was upbeat about the first two days of on-ice sessions with Lemaire.

"There's more creativity and movement, for a forward anyway," he said. "There's more hockey sense involved and more recognizing what's wrong, what's right. There's a structure to everything, but there's still a part where you have to recognize plays. There's a lot more movement, especially in the neutral zone, offensively too. We're doing some things that will work – a lot of it is developed on speed."

The quick pace has been a constant theme at camp to this point. Scrimmages have included high-intensity play and body contact, while one-on-one puck possession drills have left skaters visibly fatigued.

"It's about getting back in game shape," Rolston said. "You go out there, you work hard and get yourself prepared for your first exhibition game. What I like to do is just keep working as hard as I can and get back into game shape, where I need to be. That's what's most important: getting your timing on things like passing and shooting, all those things."

Rolston's time with Lemaire means he's already more familiar than most with the Lemaire's system, but he trusts that the club's veterans will adapt to it in time.

"It's the same system I played in Minnesota, for sure," he said. "Obviously, I'm playing left wing and that's a lot more comfortable for me, so a lot of things are working in my favor right now. It just makes it more of a pleasure for me to come to the rink. I'm excited about a new season and a fresh start – I think we all are."

• Rolston has started wearing a visor and will keep it on for the regular season.

"My kids and my wife have been asking me for a long time to be wearing a shield," he said. "I never did, obviously, for certain reasons, then I came into camp and saw a guy like Shanny wearing one. It's a different day and age in this game, everybody wears a shield for the most part, there's a few guys in the League that don't. Getting later in my career, also, I think it's just a smart thing to do.

It took him a few days to get adjusted.

"Now I'm used it," he said. "It makes you a little braver in certain situations, I have to say that."

Afternoon session
2:24 p.m. – Group breaks up to work on the same one-on-one drill that ended the morning's session.

2:22 p.m. – Yann Danis out of the net for white in an empty-net simulation during the scrimmage.

2:04 p.m. – Coleman replaces McKenna in net for white.

1:57 p.m. – Michael Swift centering Nathan Perkovich and Adam Henrique for black. On defense for white: Colin White-Mike Mottau, Jay Leach-Cory Murphy.

1:50 p.m. – Niclas Bergfors (black) skating on the right side of a line with Rod Pelley at center and Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond at left. Mike McKenna in net for white, Gerald Coleman goaltending for black, alternating with Yann Danis.

1:29 p.m. – Ice being resurfaced for the afternoon scrimmage. Interesting new look with line of Dainius Zubrus, wearing black, centering Brian Rolston at left and Jamie Langenbrunner on the right side.

1:07 p.m. – Today's afternoon scrimmage is underway.




1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54


A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59