Jan 30, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Ryane Clowe (29) watches his team take on the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Devils defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils Practice: Scrimmage Of Non-Olympians


Tom Gulitti had access to the Devils practice today and broke down the news from today’s scrimmage. Here are some excerpts from his Fire and Ice blog post:

The Devils did some 3-on-3 scrimmaging today at Prudential Center with their Olympic players, who are back in New Jersey, getting another day off.

The Devils’ 18 non-Olympians are split into two teams. The Red Team has six forwards and only two defensemen with Cory Schneider in net. The Black Team has four forwards and four defensemen with Martin Brodeur as the goaltender.

They played 3-on-3 for 45 minutes of running time with conditioning coordinator Mike Vasalani hitting the buzzer every 45 seconds to signal for the players to change. They stopped a couple times to do shootouts.

The game was tied 11-11 until Red Team coach Chris Terreri pulled the goaltender to try to win the game. Ryan Carter scored into the empty net for a 12-11 win for the Black Team.

 

Jan 30, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Devils center Ryan Carter (20) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Devils defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Reaction: This is an interesting set of drills to do and does serve the purpose that Pete DeBoer pointed out in his interviews. He mentioned how it was to get them back in the rhythm of shifts after just doing 3 days of drills only.

Here is the breakdown of the two teams.

RED
Forwards: Dainius Zubrus, Travis Zajac, Andrei Loktionov, Stephen Gionta, Ryane Clowe, Michael Ryder.

Defensemen: Andy Greene, Mark Fayne.

Goaltender: Cory Schneider.

BLACK

Forwards: Adam Henrique, Ryan Carter, Steve Bernier, Jacob Josefson.

Defense: Bryce Salvador, Anton Volchenkov, Jon Merrill, Peter Harrold

Goaltender: Martin Brodeur.

When DeBoer was asked if he would do anything radical to the lines:

“I don’t think we need anything radical,” DeBoer said. “I think we’re real close. We took the break here. We did a lot of individual meetings. We hit everybody on the team, so we could give them some feedback on where they’re at and what we need from them and any ideas they had. I think the general consensus was we’re real close. We just have to find that winning edge.”

Jan 25, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils head coach Peter DeBoer during practice the day before the Stadium Series hockey game at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Gulitti also reported DeBoer’s comments on keeping the Ryane Clowe – Adam Henrique – Michael Ryder line together after the break:
“The Clowe-Henrique-Ryder combination, I like what they’re capable of doing,” DeBoer said. “They like playing with each other. The production wasn’t there the last four or five games. They created some chances. In Washington (a 3-0 loss on Feb. 8, I think we had them for four or five chances as a line. But, we obviously, need those guys to finish. … But we’ve got to get production from not just then, from everybody.”
Reaction: Even though the line dried out towards the break, so did most of the team. That specific line was putting together a great amount of chances before the Olympics so I think it is great to keep them together for now.

The Devils’ Olympians will participate in their first practice on Monday as they prepare for Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Once again you can check all of this out and more on Tom Gulitti’s Fire and Ice Blog.

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