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Devils face Flyers tonight at the Rock

Saturday, 09.26.2009 / 10:09 AM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils face Flyers tonight at the Rock
Clarkson ready to roll for 2009-10.
Just a week remains before the curtain goes up on the Devils' 2009-10 regular season; seven days until the puck drops on the home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Oct. 3.

There are two games left on the exhibition schedule, including tonight's meeting with the Flyers at Prudential Center (7 p.m., streaming on WFAN.com).

The players are revved up and raring to go.

"It's exciting," Clarkson said following Saturday's morning skate. "It's something that you wish was here today – I wish we were starting tonight, to be honest with you. I wish this was the first game and we were getting the ball rolling. We just have to go out there and do well in these games to show where you fit in for that Game One."

It's a chance for some final tweaks before the the 82-game marathon officially gets underway.

"You're just trying to get the little things back," he said. "By now you should have them, but there's still a difference between practice shape and game shape. So I think getting into game shape, getting into game situations where you make reads, I think we're all still getting into that. That's what exhibition's all about."

While practice conditions can't match those of game play, the pace of the exhibition isn't unlike that of the regular season. Prospects still in training camp after two rounds of cuts remain eager to compete for unfilled roster spots.

"It's pretty similar because there's guys battling for positions in preseason; guys battling for where they're going to fit in the lineup," he said. "It is pretty high-tempo, but once the season starts, there isn't as much running around. It's more positional when everybody plays."

The preseason's valuable even for a veteran like Brendan Shanahan.

"Guys are ready, but at the same time, we haven't played a lot of exhibition games," said Shanahan, who's entering his 22nd NHL season. "I think guys are putting a lot of importance on these next two games, as far as just sharpening up. Lots of teams have played seven, eight, nine games already, and we've played three."

Shanahan feels the Devils' five-game slate was ideal. The club wraps up the schedule at home against the Islanders on Tuesday.

"I think it's always good to play at least four games," he said. "Every player feels they could use anywhere between three and five games."

Now, the starting line has finally come into view.

"You get nerves and start thinking about how the season's going to develop," Shanahan said. "I think the mood and the manner changes for the whole team."

This morning's lines:

Zach Parise-Travis Zajac-Jamie Langenbrunner
Brian Rolston-Dainius Zubrus-David Clarkson
Niclas Bergfors-Tim Sestito-Brendan Shanahan
Andrew Peters-Rod Pelley-Jay Pandolfo

Defensemen were: Andy Greene, Jay Leach, Colin White, Bryce Salvador, Johnny Oduya, Paul Martin.

Forward Matt Halischuk and defenseman Cory Murphy also skated this morning, but will not play tonight, Jacques Lemaire said.

Martin Brodeur is expected to start, with Yann Danis handling backup duties.

Morning skate
10:10a – As the Devils' preseason winds down to its final two games, it's worth noting which players are seeing ice time. Jersey's Team hosts the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at 7 p.m., then plays the exhibition finale Tuesday against the Islanders.

Today's morning skate features Zach Parise-Travis Zajac-Jamie Langebrunner; Brian Rolston-Dainius Zubrus-David Clarkson; Niclas Bergfors-Tim Sestito-Brendan Shanahan; Andrew Peters-Rod Pelley-Jay Pandolfo/Matt Halischuk.

Defensemen are: Andy Greene, Jay Leach, Cory Murphy, Colin White, Bryce Salvador, Johnny Oduya, Paul Martin.

Goaltenders are Martin Brodeur and Yann Danis.

Not skating are forwards Olivier Magnan-Grenier, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Ilkka Pikkarainen, and Vladimir Zharkov; defensemen Mike Mottau, Mark Fraser, and Rob Davison. Also not skating is recent acquistion Rob Niedermayer, who will join the team on Monday.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59