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Devils Updates From The Off-Day

Off days are usually slow days around the league, with teams usually  holding light or no practice. But, with the results from last night’s 3-2 regulation loss in mind, today’s Devils practice was a little different.

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire spoke to the team for about 20 minutes at the beginning of practice. It wasn’t a rally speech and Lemaire didn’t yell at the team; he emphasized the importance of playing a full game.

**”He was just pointing out some of the reasons why things aren’t going so well,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said. “Not doing it in a screaming way or anything like that. Just pointing everything out. We’re not far away, but it’s little things that have added up to a big thing.”

The team also worked on the powerplay after going 1-for-7 in last night’s contest.


Devils defenseman Anssi Salmela will miss Wednesday’s game after being knocked out and taken off the ice on a stretcher last night in Philadelphia. The Devils haven’t specifically stated Salmela sustained a concussion, but Salmela’s agent posted on his Twitter feed that Salmela received a concussion.

With the injury, the Devils called up Rob Davison from their AHL affiliate today to fill Salmela’s spot. Davison practiced wearing number 18, the same number former Devil Niclas Bergfors wore before being traded to Atlanta. Davison played in 218 career NHL games with the  Sharks, Islanders and Canucks, posting three goals and 15 assists and 321 penalty minutes.

This season, Davison put up four goals, seven assists and 130 penalty minutes in in 44 AHL games with Lowell.


I’ve received from great news today. I’ll be helping out writing on another Devils blog, called “Running With The Devils.” If you haven’t checked it out, make sure you click on the link on the left side of the screen. It’s a great blog, and if you enjoy reading this, you’ll love that blog as well. So check it out!

**Quotes and some information used in this post from The Fire and Ice Blog, written by Bergen Record beat writer Tom Gulitti

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