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Brodeur to start tonight vs. Boston

Saturday, 10.16.2010 / 5:24 PM ET / News
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Head coach John MacLean spoke to the media before tonight's home meeting with the Boston Bruins. Martin Brodeur will start in goal. The Devils lost, 3-2, to Colorado on Friday, despite outshooting the Avalanche, 43-22.

Was there much thought going into maybe giving Johan (Hedberg) his first start?
MacLean: Johan, he’ll get a start here. In fairness to him, we really haven’t had a lot of practice time. We’ve been playing a lot of games here. He’ll get a start here. Marty’s playing tonight. We’ve got some time coming up next week to get everybody sharp.

Will you use the same lines tonight? Will there be any changes?
There’s always going to be some changes. As the game goes along, we’ll make some adjustments. They may be early, they may be late. We’ll see.

Do you have as much trust in Matt Taormina now as maybe any defenseman you have currently?
Playing time is usually dictated by how you’re playing. He was playing really well, so he got some good ice time. That’s kind of how we’re basing it.

Not a lot of coaches are fielding lineups with five rookies. Are they helping more than hindering at this point?
The young guys, they’ve worked hard. You have to give them the opportunity to play. If they make a mistake, you talk to them, but hopefully they play through it. Right now, they’ve been playing pretty well and they’ll get some opportunities.

You’ve scored a couple of goals in your life. What advice do you have for the guys right now that aren’t?
The only advice I ever had was that, as long as you’re getting chances, they’re going to go in. You just have to keep shooting the puck. Sometimes, you’re going to get goals. The way you goals, too, is just by getting some dirty ones sometimes, getting one off your butt or something like that.

More and more throughout the League, you’re seeing young players contribute to their teams. Why do you think that is?
They seem to be more prepared, they’re in great shape. Young guys now seem to have a lot of confidence, so you get the opportunity and they seem to make the most of it.

The defense had 16 shots last night, Taormina had 16 of those. Is that just a result of how the game went?
We need our D to shoot, and in saying that we have to get in front of the net, too, a little bit more. I think we can do that a little bit better, getting some traffic there.

Are you on the fence with the Zajac line?
They’re getting some opportunities, but like everybody, we need to get a couple to go in. We just need to keep the work ethic going, and keep going at the net. Keep battling to get a goal.

How long do you stick with it?
As long as I feel. We’ll see how it goes.

When you see Zach (Parise) get eight shots in Buffalo, and he had four last night, do you say, ‘OK, something is working because he’s getting his shots,’ or is there still something wrong there?
Opportunities, you’ve got to get some opportunities. He’s getting some opportunities, he’s getting some looks. If he keeps working, I’m fully confident that Zach is going to score some goals this year.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
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10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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