Jan 12, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; New Jersey Devils center Andrei Loktionov (21) skates before the start of their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre. The Maple Leafs beat the Devils 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils Practice: Zajac And Jagr Split, Volchenkov Out

 

Feb 3, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer shouts instructions to his team during the third period at Prudential Center. The Avalanche defeated the Devils 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Practice news via Tom Gulitti:

The New Jersey Devils practice was at 4 P.M. at the AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark coming off of another disastrous loss, this time coming against the Colorado Avalanche.

Andrei Loktionov earned a “promotion” of sorts as he moves to the first line with Jaromir Jagr and Dainius Zubrus. Travis Zajac was centering Patrik Elias and Damien Brunner.

Zajac and Jagr have been together for quite some time now and only time will tell if Pete DeBoer is doing nothing more than killing any chemistry that the two built since mid-November.

Loktionov has had an incredibly underwhelming season to this point with only 3 goals and 6 assists in 42 games this season (TG).

Anton Volchenkov did not practice today as he continues to deal with an injury sustained against the Nashville Predators.

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Oct 7, 2013; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward David Perron (57) battles with New Jersey Devils defensman Bryce Salvador and goaltender Martin Brodeur during the third period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The Devils do not play again until Friday, February 7th as they will take on the Edmonton Oilers at the Prudential Center. It is their second-to-last game until the Olympic Break.

Whether or not Lou Lamoriello decides to make a move in this abnormally large gap off, this will be a perfect time to grind through practice as much as possible to try and fix what is wrong with the team right now. While you should never expect guys to stay in perfect form for 4 minutes straight (as the last line pretty much ended up doing last night), maybe the team needs to work on conditioning to stay in top form.

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Just to recap some results of recent Pucks and Pitchforks polls:

On January 28, I posed the question of what two teams will claim the second and third spot in the Metropolitan Division (in no particular order).

New York Rangers – 73% – 8 votes
New Jersey Devils – 64% – 7 votes
Philadelphia Flyers – 36% – 4 votes
Carolina Hurricanes – 9% – 1 vote
New York Islanders – 0%
Columbus Blue Jackets – 0%
Washington Capitals – 0%

On January 31st, I asked whether or not there should be mainly collegiate or amateur athletes in the Winter Olympic Hockey Tournament or mainly professionals:

Amateurs and Collegiate – 75% – 6 votes
Mainly Professionals – 25% – 2 votes

These polls are still open so vote if you have not already!

 

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