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Simon Despres

Video: Despres’ OT winner lifts the Pens over the Devils


Simon Despres scored the overtime winner as the Pittsburgh Penguins edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1 Friday night.

Kris Letang, who had an assist on the goal, has assisted on the Penguins’ last seven goals.

Pittsburgh was 3:11 away from being shutout for a second straight game.

With Peter Harrold serving a high sticking penalty, Chris Kunitz beat Cory Schneider for his 15th of the season tying the game 1-1.

Steve Bernier had the lone goal for the Devils. It was his fourth goal in five games.

The win moves the Penguins to within one point of the Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders.

Schneider made a season-high 41 saves in the loss. It was his league-leading 43rd start of the season.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 13 shots to improve to 23-10-5 on the season.

Numerous jobs up for grabs in Devils camp

Eric Gelinas, Peter Harrold, Jon Merrill

There may be more than a few jobs up for grabs during training camp with the New Jersey Devils and the team’s slew of prospects know they’ll have a shot to cash in.

One area that will see a lot of competition is defense. The Devils lost Anton Volchenkov to a buyout and Mark Fayne to Edmonton in free agency. That means guys like Eric Gelinas, Adam Larsson, and Jon Merrill will likely graduate to the big leagues full-time.

As Devils coach Peter DeBoer told Mike Morreale of NHL.com, they need guys to show they’re ready to make the jump.

“I think the organization sets the table with opportunity, and over my time as coach the one thing I’ve seen is opportunity for players to come in and play,” said DeBoer. “Some of the young players grabbed it and ran with it, like Jon Merrill and Adam Henrique (in 2010-11), and some haven’t yet. We need a few of these guys to do that this year.”

With a couple of guys gone on the blue line and possible openings at forward, the Devils want guys to be pushing to get in the lineup and force DeBoer to make tough decisions.

Andy Greene, Bryce Salvador, Marek Zidlicky, and Peter Harrold make up the veteran portion of the defense for the Devils so youth will need to be king. After how Merrill and Gelinas played for portions of last season, things are looking up.

Devils rookie d-man Gelinas to play ‘rover,’ isn’t really sure what’s going on

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 15: Eric Gelinas #22 of the New Jersey Devils skates in an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings at Prudential Center on November 15, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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New Jersey defenseman Eric Gelinas’ had a fine campaign, scoring 27 points in 53 games while emerging as one of the best offensive rookie defensemen in the league.

As such, the Devils are going to start playing him at forward.

“They call the position rover. I don’t know what’s going on,” Gelinas said, per the Star-Ledger. “I switched jerseys twice today, so I have to be ready for anything, I guess.”

At 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, Gelinas has the size and skating ability to make for a pretty effective forward. He got a sniff playing the rover spot (flipping between wing and defense) in Sunday’s win over Toronto and did well enough to possibly warrant another look on Thursday against Phoenix.

What’s more, the Devils are, how to put this, more “conservative” when it comes to lineup choices — so the idea of using veteran journeyman Peter Harrold on the back end, while still keeping Gelinas in the lineup, made plenty of sense.

By their standards, the Devils are already inexperienced enough on D. Another rookie, 21-year-old Jon Merrill, is averaging close to 20 minutes per game — and with the Devils right in the thick of the playoff chanse, Gelinas realizes his move up front is more a byproduct of the situation than a long-term position change.

“I’m a big guy and I’m pretty fast. If I can bring some energy, which is what I was trying to do last game as a forward, when the power play comes I do what I do,” he explained.

“It’s all about helping the team. If everyone does their job, I think we can win some games. We have a good group here. I’m really not focused about where I play. I’m just trying to help out.”