Rob Niedermayer has played in plenty of preseason games during his 15-season NHL career.
The 34-year-old center ackowledged that playing in tonight's game against the Islanders will be a little different, however, because it will be his first with the Devils after signing with the team on Friday. It will also be a big test for his conditioning because, though he had been skating with a junior team before he signed, he has had only one NHL training camp practice.
"It's your first game with a new team and it will be kind of nice to see where I'm at and see what I have to do," he said.
Whether Niedermayer is in good enough condition to take regular shifts throughout the game or will have to be spotted here and there remains to be seen.
"I think we'll find it out," he said. "I'm just pretty excited about playing the first one."
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