New Jersey rookies Alexander Urbom and Jacob Josefson acquitted themselves well in their first NHL preseason game, as the Devils and Flyers worked a little overtime to start the 2010-11 preseason. With nearly all of its top NHL talent dressed for last night’s game in Philadelphia, the Flyers claimed a 4-3 shootout win after Mike Richards potted the decisive marker in the fourth round.
The Flyers leapt out to a two-goal lead before Adam Mair put the Devils on the board late in the first period. In the second, Dainius Zubrus may have helped his case to remain on the roster (or his trade stock …) by drawing the Devils even at 2. Jamie Langenbrunner put the Devils up 3-2 on a goal from Henrik Tallinder and Urbom, marking that pair’s second assists of the night.
Buzzy prospect Josefson missed his shootout opportunity to equalize after Richards' goal, and finished the night plus-1 with no shots on goal. Head coach John MacLean was impressed the way the rookie held his own against some physical competition. While the Flyers dressed most of the opening-day roster, the Devils traveled light with only a handful of New Jersey’s players skating in the NHL last season.
More on the game, including impressions on the rookies below.
The New York Post discusses how Devils vets are actually auditioning for other teams this preseason.
The Post article also breaks down some of the training camp battles thusly:
Because of the uncertainty, the Devils are examining an oversized group of hopefuls. There are nine set forwards, possibly leaving Tim Sestito, Pierre-Luc Leblond, Mattias Tedenby, Jacob Josefson, Rod Pelley, Marcus Nilson, Vladimir Zharkov, and Adam Mair in the mix for five roster slots, or more, depending on who exits.
Mark Everson explores Ilya Kovalchuk’s shift to the right wing in a little more detail.
Tom Gulitti spoke with Josefson about his first NHL preseason game.
Also on Fire and Ice, MacLean says he was pleased with his team’s performance.
It may have been Game 1 of the preseason, but In Lou We Trust is already in midseason form, breaking down just about everything from last night. You may need a Power Bar and a Red Bull to finish, but you won’t find a more detailed analysis of last night’s game. (Trust me, I looked.)
Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger writes on new backup netminder Hedberg.