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Number of changes for Devils

Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 5:02 PM / 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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 40 10 16 -1 26
J. Jagr 43 9 16 -10 25
M. Cammalleri 35 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 37 6 14 -14 20
M. Zidlicky 47 4 16 -7 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 39 8 8 -7 16
S. Gomez 23 4 12 -5 16
S. Bernier 32 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 29 5 7 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 19 4 .920 2.41
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54