The practice lines were shaken up today. The lines were:
Extra: Pelley, Mills
The defensive pairings were:
Goalies: Brodeur, Hedberg.
Eric Boulton returned to practice after hurting his hand in fight with San Jose Sharks’ defenseman Douglas Murray.
Martin Brodeur says that he is okay to play on Wednesday against the Toronto Maple Leafs. However nothing is set in stone at the moment. With two consecutive games on Wednesday and Thursday one could figure that Brodeur is going to play one of them.
Scary moment today when Patrik Elias left the ice hobbling during practice from Anton Volchenkov stepping on the outside of his left ankle. Elias said after practice, “I was just milking it.” Everyone breath a sigh of relief.
Eric Boulton’s hand has been hurting thanks to Douglas Murray’s face. It was a good fight to say the least. Take a peak.
In the same game against the San Jose Sharks, Jacob Josefson broke his right collarbone and is expected to be out 3-4 months. With the injury to Travis Zajac and Josefson this leaves the Devils weak down the center. It will be interesting to see what the Devils do fill the voids at center.
Eric Boulton will be replacing Rod Pelley in the lineup tonight against the Nashville Predators.
Rod Pelley and Cam Janssen will be in the lineup tonight against the Los Angeles Kings. They will be replacing Eric Boulton and Adam Henrique on the 4th line. Mark Fraser will be a healthy scratch.
Source: Tom Gulitti
Both Cam Janssen and Rod Pelley have been scratches for the Devils in their two regular season games. They are practicing with the 4th line today. Adam Henrique and Eric Bolton are dressed as extra skaters.
First Period- Claude Giroux (2)
Second Period- None
Third Period- Matt Read (1) and Wayne Simmonds (1)
Next Game: 10/10 vs Carolina Hurricanes 1 pm.
Adam Larsson Postgame:
“I did some good things and bad things, but it was good to get the first game away and just take with me everything in this game into Monday.”
Ilya Kovalchuk Postgame:
“I didn’t think created much. The first game everybody was a little nervous and to tried to do a little too much.”
Peter DeBoer Postgame:
Devils were playing a slower speed compared to the Flyers.
“Nothing looked good tonight and we just have to learn from it. We got a good lesson tonight from a very good hockey team.”
on Adam Larsson “I thought he was good for his first night. We had a lot of young guys in the lineup with first night jitters.”
First time the Devils have been shutout in a season opener.
Devils were outshot 29-20.
Devils went 0-5 on the power play.
Sellout crowd of 17,625.
David Clarkson and Eric Boulton received game misconducts in the 3rd period.
Martin Brodeur made his 17th consecutive season opener.
Adam Larsson became eighth 18 year old to play for the Devils.
Ilya Kovalchuk and Nick Palmieri were both -3.
Anton Volchenkov would require six stitches by his upper lip after being hit my the puck on the bench in the 2nd period.