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Devils wrap up preseason vs. Isles tonight

Tuesday, 09.29.2009 / 10:22 AM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils wrap up preseason vs. Isles tonight
Niclas Bergfors is among the rookies battling for a roster spot in 2009-10.
The Devils close out the preseason schedule tonight when they host the New York Islanders (7 p.m., streaming on WFAN.com) at Prudential Center.

Jersey's Team (3-0-1) is hoping to go undefeated in regulation this preseason. Martin Brodeur will make his third straight start following his 1-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. He has allowed just two goals in two preseason contests.

Tonight will mark the Devils debut of recently-acquired forward Rob Niedermayer, who was signed on Friday. He practiced with the team on Monday and centered a line with Brendan Shanahan and Niclas Bergfors.

"Just have to play smart out there, and try to be in good position," Niedermayer said of his approach for tonight. "That's the biggest thing – you don't want to be chasing the puck."

Niedermayer had been practicing with Kootenay (WHL) before arriving in New Jersey on Sunday, but knows he has to get re-adjusted to the NHL pace.

"It's always a good test," he said. "You can work out in the summer, but until you get bumped around in games, you don't really know where you're at."

Does a 15-year veteran still get nervous for a fresh start with a new team?

"I think you always do," said Niedermayer, who has made 1,011 NHL appearances. "If you don't have that, then you don't get excited about it. I think, for sure, you feel it a little."

A roster spot is less certain for Bergfors, who views tonight's game as one last chance to stand out to the coaching staff.

"That's where my mind is right now," Bergfors said. "It's the last game of this camp, and I have to make a good impression. I don't know if they want me still or not. Of course, I'll go hard tonight."

After a career year with Lowell last season (22g-29a-51pts), Bergfors has enjoyed a solid training camp with a goal and three assists in four preseason games.

"I'm not disappointed; I'm pretty satisfied," he said. "I know that with my preparation, I've done my absolute best and they gave me an honest chance to go out there and do my best. It's been pretty good."

After only a couple of practices together, Bergfors could see why Niedermayer will be an asset this season.   

"He's a little bit like Shanny, I guess," he said. "He's always in the right position. You look up and he's there where he's supposed to be when you get the puck. He's a smart player; I know he's a great player."

Morning skate
Fourteen skaters were on the ice for today's morning skate, which was optional for those playing in tonight's preseason finale against the Islanders.

Forwards: David Clarkson, Matt Halischuk, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Rod Pelley, Niclas Bergfors, Andrew Peters, Rob Niedermayer, Brendan Shanahan.

Defensemen: Andy Greene, Jay Leach, Cory Murphy, Mike Mottau.

Martin Brodeur and Yann Danis were in goal.

Assistant coaches Mario Tremblay, Scott Stevens and Tommy Albelin are on the ice, along with Lowell goaltending coach Chris Terreri.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
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 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
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

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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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