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Two of Lemaire's most interesting decisions will involve his second-line center and depth at right wing after captain Jamie Langenbrunner. Lemaire says Brian Rolston is a winger, probably the second-line left wing. That means Patrik Elias may be asked to center that line since there is likely to be no messing with the No. 1 unit of Zach Parise, Travis Zajac and Langenbrunner. Five right wingers could be battling it out for three jobs. David Clarkson and Shanahan are locks, but GM Lou Lamoriello said Ilkka Pikkarainen will be either the third for fourth-line right winger. Where does that leave Bergfors and Matt Halischuk?


Zach Parise--Travis Zajac--Jamie Langenbrunner

Brian Rolston--Patrik Elias--David Clarkson

Jay Pandolfo--Rod Pelley--Dainius Zubrus

Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond--Patrice Cormier--Brendan Shanahan

Also: Vladimir Zharkov--Ben Walter--Ilkka Pikkarainen


Paul Martin--Johnny Oduya

Bryce Salvador--Andy Greene

Colin White--Mike Mottau

Also: Tyler Eckford--Matthew Corrente

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Why would you have Zubrus on Pelley's wing? I think it would make more sense to have Pelley on Zubrus' wing.

Anyway, wasn't there a quote earlier in the year that Lemaire thinks wingers should be able to play both wings? Maybe that's how the issue will be solved, by having guys play a different wing than normal.

Also, Chere seemed to have created a one dimensional defensive line with his third pairing again, I think that must be out of habit. I have a feeling the Devils aren't going to do that, or if they do, it'll be the 4th line getting the least minutes.

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