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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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 55 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 53 18 18 14 36
K. Palmieri 55 20 15 3 35
T. Zajac 47 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 47 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 55 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 51 1 12 -1 13
A. Greene 55 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 44 3 7 -14 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 16 6 .930 2.01
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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