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Lemaire pleased with second day of camp

Monday, 09.14.2009 / 5:22 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59