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Devils ready The Rock for Niedermayer Night

Friday, 12.16.2011 / 11:04 AM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / At the Rink blog

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Devils ready The Rock for Niedermayer Night
NEWARK, N.J. -- The Devils have dressed up Prudential Center in a fashionable way for Scott Niedermayer Night that includes a ceremony to raise the ex-defenseman's No. 27 to the rafters.

Giant pictures of Niedermayer at various stages of his Devils career are hanging from the ceiling. His No. 27 is painted into the ice behind both of the nets. A large draping that reads '27 Niedermayer 27' is hanging from the broadcast booth at the top of the lower bowl. The same sign is stuck on the boards by the penalty boxes.

Niedermayer is expected to have between 50-60 family members and friends, including several ex-teammates, in attendance for his jersey retirement ceremony. Three of his former teammates (Martin Brodeur, Petr Sykora and Patrik Elias) still play for the Devils, though Brodeur will be the backup Friday night for Johan Hedberg.

The Devils have even handed out special media credentials for the evening.

Former Devils television play-by-play broadcaster Mike Emrick is here to serve as the master of ceremonies. Niedermayer and Devils GM Lou Lamoriello will meet the media at noon.

However, the Devils also have a game Friday against the Stars, who are looking for a sweep of the tri-state area. They beat the Rangers, 1-0, on Tuesday and won at the Islanders, 2-1, Thursday night.

Travis Zajac will make his season debut for the Devils. He underwent surgery on his left Achilles tendon on Aug. 18. Judging from the morning skate, Zajac will center the Devils third line between Mattias Tedenby and David Clarkson.

Here are the rest of the lines and defense pairings for New Jersey:

Zach Parise - Adam Henrique - Ilya Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora - Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Mattias Tedenby - Travis Zajac - David Clarkson
Eric Boulton - Ryan Carter - Cam Janssen

Anton Volchenkov - Adam Larsson
Bryce Salvador - Kurtis Foster
Henrik Tallinder - Mark Fayne

It appears that Tim Sestito, Alex Urbom and Matt Taormina will be the scratches. And, again, Hedberg gets the start in net.

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl

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