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Lemaire pleased with second day of camp

Monday, 09.14.2009 / 5:22 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Lemaire pleased with second day of camp
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A new day at training camp brought some positive reviews from head coach Jacques Lemaire.

He was emphatic when asked if the second day of training camp had been an improvement over the first.

"Yes," Lemaire said. "It was good. Guys were skating well, were on the puck. They did a lot of good things. I think they're starting to understand what we're looking for, and they're doing it better and better, even the kids."

With players still adapting to the new system, some elements of Sunday's afternoon session had left Lemaire talking about room for improvement. But Monday's skate at AmeriHealth Pavilion put some of the veterans back together, creating some interesting new looks and better on-ice results.

"A lot of guys today, they went up," he said. "Their grades today are better than they were yesterday. But on the other hand, other guys, you could see a difference – a bigger difference."

Lemaire explained the veteran line combinations that put Travis Zajac between Zach Parise and Brendan Shanahan, and Dainius Zubrus between Brian Rolston and Jamie Langenbrunner shouldn't be taken as permanent.

In both cases, the veterans simply happened to be skating in the same session and were consolidated onto the same lines.

"You can't think these guys will be together because of what you saw this morning," he said, adding that if any line performed well together, they could potentially stay together.

The Devils open the preseason at home against the New York Rangers on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Lemaire said he already knows his lineup, and that he expects to make his first cuts once that game is played.

"I want to start to work with less guys," he said. "If you cut it down, the competition will rise. That's how it works."

NJD NOTES
Prospect Patrice Cormier (3/54, 2008) centered Parise and Shanahan on Sunday; Jay Pandolfo and David Clarkson on Monday.

"There's a lot of guys that stood out, like Cormier did," Lemaire said. "He played fine."

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 53 15 24 7 39
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
K. Palmieri 53 20 15 3 35
A. Henrique 51 17 16 14 33
T. Zajac 45 7 18 6 25
D. Schlemko 45 6 9 -9 15
A. Larsson 53 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 50 1 12 0 13
A. Greene 53 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 42 3 7 -13 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 15 6 .929 2.03
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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