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Lemaire eyes solid game from Niedermayer

Tuesday, 09.29.2009 / 5:22 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Lemaire eyes solid game from Niedermayer
Jacques Lemaire will be paying close attention to new acquisition Rob Niedermayer on Tuesday, but said he knows what to expect when the centerman makes his Devils debut.

"Just a solid game, the type of game he's been playing all his career – that's what I'm looking for," Lemaire said before Tuesday's preseason finale against the Islanders. "To learn the system, learn what we want, try to play solid everywhere on the ice. But mainly to learn how we're going to play the game, because it's a little different, just a little different."

Lemaire said short shifts would be important as Niedermayer gets back into NHL game shape.

"Instead of 40, 45 seconds, just gotta go 30. He'll be fine," he said. 

The Devils announced Tuesday they placed defensemen Jay Leach and Rob Davison; and forward Tim Sestito on waivers. NHL clubs must have their opening night rosters set by Wednesday at 3 p.m.

"We're getting there," said Lemaire. "I think the last decisions will be made in the next couple of days."

One of those decisions will involve Niclas Bergfors, who led the Devils in preseason scoring through four games with one goal and three assists. Bergfors, 22, was selected 23rd overall by New Jersey in 2005.

"Good skating, good abilities, good with the puck, strong along the boards, getting chances pretty much every game," Lemaire said. "He's a good little player."

Lemaire was asked if the young Swede is ready to be an NHL regular.

"We don't know how much he could be ready right now," he said. "But what he's been showing, he looks like – that's why we played him two games in two nights, the two games we had back-to-back, he was fine. He's been in every game, and he's been doing well."

The head coach will be looking for an improvement from his group following what he considered an uneven effort in Saturday's 1-0 victory over Philadelphia.

"I'm sure it'll be better than last game, especially the second period," he said. "The third period we played fine in the last game. First period was so-so, but maybe we scored a goal too early."

NJD NOTES
Lemaire said he had not known about Matt Halischuk changing numbers from 63 to 16.

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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 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
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 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

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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