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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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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

STATS

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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