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Walter to play vs. Canadiens

Friday, 01.22.2010 / 3:42 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Walter to play vs. Canadiens
Ben Walter, who was recalled from Lowell (AHL) this morning, will be in the lineup tonight when the Devils host the Canadiens.

Walter, 25, leads the Devils’ top affiliate in scoring with 31 points (14g-17a) and will fill in at center for Rod Pelley, who was placed on injured reserve today, retroactive to Jan. 18.

“I try to work hard,” Walter said. “I feel like I can make plays with the puck, look for my teammates and try to set guys up. I try to be solid defensively so the coach can count on me in any situation.”

Walter earned high praise from first-year head coach John MacLean earlier this month, when Lowell hosted Hartford in Newark.

“He’s a veteran,” MacLean said. “He’s been around. He’s so smart, intelligent. He plays the game the right way and each night he comes out and competes and gives us something, which has been a good thing for us and a credit to him.”

MacLean’s confidence in him has translated into on-ice success.

“That’s helped me along knowing that he can look to me in any situation,” Walter said. “It feels good when a coach is confident in you like that.”

Walter found out about the call-up on Thursday. He was told to head to New Jersey, where he could expect to play against the Canadiens.

“I’ve worked hard, played well,” he said. “Now’s my chance. People get a chance and you have to make the most of it.”

Walter is the son of former Canadien Ryan Walter, who is currently an assistant coach with Vancouver.

NJD NOTES
Vladimir Zharkov will be back in the lineup tonight after he was scratched from Wednesday's game with a lower body injury. … Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire was surprised by the lower body injury that has landed Rod Pelley on the IR. "Everything was fine," Lemaire said. "It happened suddenly and there's nothing you can do." … Both Patrick Davis and Nick Palmieri will be in the lineup for a second straight game.

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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