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Lemaire seeking rookie revival

Wednesday, 01.20.2010 / 2:53 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Lemaire seeking rookie revival
To try and get a little more jump out of his Devils, Jacques Lemaire has added a couple of youngsters to tonight’s lineup.

Both Patrick Davis and Nick Palmieri, recalled yesterday from Lowell (AHL), will be in action tonight when Jersey’s Team hosts the Florida Panthers. The Devils are trying to avoid losing four in a row for the first time this season.

“A little life, a little intensity,” Lemaire said this morning when asked what he expects. “I don’t know them a lot. I saw them at camp. Davis is a good skater. Palmieri is good with the puck. We’ll see.”

Lemaire declined to say who would come out of the lineup, though Andrew Peters and Ilkka Pikkarainen skated on a line with Dainius Zubrus. It was Zubrus’ first team practice in two months since he was injured blocking a shot at Nashville on 19. No timetable has been announced for his return.

The Devils’ head coach framed the lineup changes as a wake-up call.

“What it tells you is, you get a chance to play, you have to get ready to play,” he said. “If you’re not playing where expected, you have to expect someone will take your job.”

Lemaire wasn’t entirely satisfied with his team’s energy level at the morning skate, which ended early.

“There’s a lot of things not going right,” he said. “But it’s how to fix them. You know what’s going wrong. It’s how to fix it and how long it’s going to take.”

A few things Lemaire hopes to improve: his team has seven goals in its last six games; has not scored in its last 19 power-play chances; and has fallen behind 2-0 in the first periods of its last three outings.

Lemaire admitted he’s surprised by the recent dip, which followed the best first-half start in franchise history. He indicated that key players have logged big minutes in the wake of injuries, and all that extra ice time could be taking its toll.

“They could be a little tired, that’s for sure,” he said. “You take as an example Bergy (Niclas Bergfors). Lately he hasn’t produced, but he’s trying. You can wish for maybe a little more quickness; the quickness that he had before, his choice of shots. If you go on and take every player, that’s the way it is. Our position’s not as good because we’re not as sharp. Sometimes we try to cheat. It’s all this that you have to put back together.”

Lemaire believes hard work in practice can right the ship.

“You’re asking for more intensity and if they don’t get it in the practice, they won’t get it in the game,” he said. “You’re trying to push it so they get it in practice so they bring it in the game.”

He’s confident, however, that his squad can get back on track. They host Montreal Friday, then visit Long Island on Saturday.

“They will,” he said. “I’m trying to cut down on the time it’s going to take. That’s what I’m trying to cut down. Because when you see it coming, you try to stop it early. Sometimes you do not.”

NJD NOTES
Martin Brodeur will make his 27th straight start for the Devils tonight. … Vladimir Zharkov missed this morning’s skate with a lower body injury.

This morning’s forward lines:
Parise - Zajac - Bergfors
Rolston - McAmmond - Langenbrunner
Pandolfo - Niedermayer - Davis
Leblond - Pelley - Palmieri

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 55 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 53 18 18 14 36
K. Palmieri 55 20 15 3 35
T. Zajac 47 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 47 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 55 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 51 1 12 -1 13
A. Greene 55 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 44 3 7 -14 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 16 6 .930 2.01
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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