The Devils' practice this morning at Prudential Center is underway.
As he often does, Devils coach Brent Sutter called the players over for a meeting on the ice before the start of practice. This one lasted 11 minutes, though. No doubt there was some discussion of Saturday's 7-3 loss to the Islanders.
Paul Martin was on the ice before practice began, but left briefly for an apparent equipment problem and missed the start of Sutter's talk.
The Devils are back at work today after having Sunday off. They host the Calgary Flames Tuesday night. The Devils will be going for their eighth consecutive home win, which would tie the team record.
Brendan Shanahan joined the members of the shot club this morning. That's the first time I remember him being out there early with them, but there might have been another time I can't recall.
Judging by the practice jersey colors, the line combinations are the same as they were at the start of Saturday's game. There are four players in gray (fourth line): Jay Pandolfo, John Madden, Bobby Holik and Mike Rupp.
After having a lot of coverage with their down-low coverage on Saturday, the Devils did some one-on-one and then some two-on-two.down low drills.
That was followed by five-on-five in the defensive zone. The defense pairs are the same with Andy Greene rotating in as the extra defenseman. Rupp appears to be rotating in for Pandolfo and Holik on the fourht line.
All players are on the ice.
They were just doing some 2-on-0 work against Martin Brodeur and Brodeur robbed Rupp with diving backhand glove save. Jamie Langenbrunner, who had passed to Rupp, slammed his stick on the ice afterward in frustration.
They are working on plays that start out from behind the net, which was another problem on Saturday.
Today's line combination and defense pairs.
Forwards: Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner; Elias-Zubrus-Gionta; Shanahan-Rolston-Clarkson; Pandolfo-Madden-Holik -- Rupp (extra).
Defensemen: Oduya-Martin; White-Mottau; Salvador-Havelid; Greene (extra).
Goaltenders: Brodeur, Weekes.