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Number of changes for Devils

Wednesday, 10.5.2011 / 5:02 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Number of changes for Devils
Larsson's number changed to No. 5. (Getty/NHL Images)
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As the Devils put the finishing touches on their roster for 2011-12, several players sported new numbers at Wednesday's practice.

Fourth-overall pick Adam Larsson is now No. 5 after wearing 42 in training camp. Adam Henrique went from 51 to 14, Brad Mills from 48 to 11, and Mark Fayne from 34 to 29. Petr Sykora, who officially signed, has No. 15 after starting camp with 40.

“It looks like I’ve made it, so hopefully I’ll be in the lineup on Saturday [for the home opener against the Flyers],” Larsson said.

Larsson has worn other numbers over the years, but spent the last two wearing No. 5 with Skelleftea of the Swedish Elite League.

“I’m used to it,” he said. Not that he had his heart set on it, but, “It’s fun because I’ve had it two years now.”

The 18-year-old said it hadn’t crossed his mind that he now has the same number as fellow Swede and NHL great Nicklas Lidstrom. But he did smile when asked if he was a fan.

“Of course,” Larsson said. “He’s huge in Sweden. Maybe one of the biggest defensemen in the world. Of course [I’m a fan].”

With just days to go before the start of the regular season, coach Peter DeBoer said the final group is all but set.

“What you saw today, if we can get through the next two practices, is probably going to be our lineup for Saturday,” DeBoer said.

Henrique, who wore 14 in his NHL debut in last season’s finale, was happy with the "new" digits.

“Nothing really changes,” he said. “It’s really just a number. I still have to come in here, play my game, play the way that’s gotten me here.”

Unlike Henrique, who was the Devils’ third-round choice in 2008, Mills was never drafted. The Yale grad has worked his way up from the ECHL to the AHL, never doubting that he could crack an NHL lineup someday.

“I knew it was going to be tough, I knew needed to play well, be at the top of my game and show what I could do," Mills said. "I believed there was an opportunity and I definitely believed in my ability to grab a spot.”

Injuries on the big club opened the door for Mills last season. He made his NHL debut, appearing in four games and scoring his first career goal. The 28-year-old understands what he has to do to contribute going forward.

“Play physical, be tough to play against, make life miserable for the other team, and use my skill to help the team win in anyway I can,” Mills said.

What about wearing No. 11?

“It was my older brother’s number growing up, so maybe it might mean something to him,” he said. “He actually texted me yesterday and said it was available, so it was kind of funny I came in today and it was hanging in my stall.

It’s just a number. In terms of my place here, I know what I need to do to stay. That’s what I’m going to do.”

Wednesday’s lines
Zach Parise - Patrik Elias - Petr Sykora
Ilya Kovalchuk - Dainius Zubrus - Nick Palmieri
Adam Henrique - Jacob Josefson - David Clarkson
Eric Boulton - Brad Mills - Mattias Tedenby
Cam Janssen - Rod Pelley

On defense: Henrik Tallinder - Mark Fayne, Mark Fraser - Anton Stralman, Andy Greene - Adam Larsson, Bryce Salvador - Anton Volchenkov

Martin Brodeur, Johan Hedberg

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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