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Sept. 23 - Morning skate

Preseason continues tonight at NY Islanders

Wednesday, 09.23.2009 / 9:58 AM / News
By Eric Marin
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Sept. 23 - Morning skate
Zajac had the shootout clincher in last Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Rangers.
With the Devils set to resume their exhibition schedule tonight against the New York Islanders, Jacques Lemaire and his coaching staff will be watching to see which of their prospects shine the brightest.

Lemaire will have tonight at Long Island (7p, MSG Plus, streaming live on WFAN.com), and Thursday's contest at Philadelphia to get a better sense of where his team stands with just over a week to go before the start of the regular season. 

"This is the reason why we have a lot of kids in," the head coach said before boarding the team bus Wednesday morning. "We want to know what they're made of and what they can do for this hockey team. Evaluation will be done every game, and we'll take the best players – the players who show that they're ready to play."

The Devils (1-0) had a few extra skaters on the ice this morning, but Lemaire said Michael Swift and Matt Corrente would not see action tonight. He'll go with Niclas Bergfors-Travis Zajac-Jamie Langenbrunner; Brian Rolston-Dainius Zubrus-Brendan Shanahan; Andrew Peters-Rod Pelley/Tim Sestito-Olivier Magnan-Grenier.

On defense will be Colin White, Johnny Oduya, Paul Martin, Rob Davison, Jay Leach and Cory Murphy. Goaltenders Yann Danis and Jeff Frazee also made the trip.

Lemaire will look at more than just goals and assists in assessing his young talent tonight.

"We want to see what he can do with the puck, without the puck, how he's going to play – his intensity," he said.

Peters, attending camp on a tryout, will be making his Devils preseason debut.

"It's nice to get back into a game, it's been awhile," said Peters, a five-year veteran with 557 penalty minutes in 200 appearances, all with Buffalo.

The 6-4, 240-lb. tough guy said fighting won't necessarily be on his agenda at Nassau Coliseum.

"I don't really plan it out too much," he said. "I've been in this League five years, and as far as fighting goes, they know what I can do. If something needs to be done, then that's what I'm here for. But I'll go out and play hard, play my game, forecheck hard and be solid defensively is basically where my head's at right now. I don't think as much into it togo out and look for fights to prove myself in preseason. I think people know what I can do."

Lemaire has commented on how much Peters' conditioning has improved during camp, and the left winger feels there's a place for him in New Jersey.

"I feel very welcome here," Peters said. "I've said it over and over again, I can't say enough about how great the guys are here and that's one of the things (Devils' Pres./CEO/GM) Lou (Lamoriello) told me he looks for the most: good, character guys. That's definitely something that he's taken pride in. He's got a great group in there, and I'm hoping that there's a spot for me."

The Devils close out the preseason schedule with two games at home: Saturday against the Flyers, and Tuesday against the Isles. They open the regular season at home versus Philadelphia on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

Morning skate
10:27a – Morning skate wrapping up. Players not skating tonight are taking the ice next.

10:12a – Players are on the ice for today's morning skate. The Devils (1-0) continue the exhibition schedule tonight at Long Island (7p, MSG Plus, streaming on WFAN.com), and Thursday at Philadelphia.

This morning's forwards are:

Rolston-Zubrus-Shanahan
Zharkov/Swift-Zajac-Langenbrunner
Bergfors-Sestito-Halischuk
Peters-Pelley-Magnan-Grenier

Defense: White, Davison, Leach, Corrente, Oduya, Murphy, Martin.

Goalies: Yann Danis, Jeff Frazee.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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