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Devils open preseason vs. Rangers in Albany

DeBoer goes with veteran lineup; Keith Kinkaid to start

Wednesday, 09.21.2011 / 12:03 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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A slate of Atlantic Division clashes awaits in the regular season, but Peter DeBoer is about to get his first taste of Devils-Rangers. His club opens the preseason against its Hudson River rivals tonight in Albany (7 p.m., MSG).

“It’s legendary,” DeBoer said of the rivalry. “We’re excited and ready to go. I know the group that’s going up there – you play every game to win. I think winning’s a habit. Along with the habits of playing the game the right way,  being above the puck, staying disciplined, we also want to win. That’s something that’s contagious as was shown last year when the team got on that roll. Once you get used to playing the game to win every night, that becomes the expectation.”

The Devils will bring a veteran group to New York’s capital city, which is also home to their AHL affiliate. Keith Kinkaid is expected to get the start in net, with Jeff Frazee backing up. Goaltenders are likely to play full games in the preseason.

“We haven’t decided that yet, we’re probably leaning toward playing the whole game,” DeBoer said. “With the veteran guys, for sure. With the young guys, we haven’t made those decisions yet.”

The forward lineup is expected to include Zach Parise, Patrik Elias, David Clarkson, Ilya Kovalchuk, Jacob Josefson, Nick Palmieri, Stephane Veilleux, Petr Sykora, Steve Bernier, Eric Boulton, Brad Mills and Cam Janssen. Probables on defense include Adam Larsson, Peter Harrold, Anton Stralman, Anton Volchenkov, Mark Fraser and Henrik Tallinder.

Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg skated today’s first practice session at AmeriHealth Pavilion. While DeBoer says he has no set number of games that he expects them to play in preseason, he confirmed that they will go the distance each time.

“Everyone in the room in our discussions – Lou [Lamoriello], the coaches –  we’ve tried it all different ways,” DeBoer said. “I think from a goalie perspective, it’s a 60-minute game, so that’s why you want to prepare yourself for game one of the season. In order to do that, it’s tough to play 30. The back half is usually the toughest because of fatigue and things like that. We might as well get that preparation going right off the bat.”

Dainius Zubrus left practice early with lower body stiffness. He was on a line with Mattias Tedenby and Adam Henrique during the 90-minute first session.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
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
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
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

STATS

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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