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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 - 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


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
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81