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Hedberg to start against Hurricanes

Monday, 10.10.2011 / 11:15 AM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Peter DeBoer confirmed this morning that Johan Hedberg will start today’s 1 p.m. matinee versus Carolina at Prudential Center.

Martin Brodeur got the call for his 17th consecutive season opener in Saturday's 3-0 loss to the Flyers.

“This is a marathon and we’ve got nine games this month,” DeBoer said. “We’re going to need both guys and both guys, I’m comfortable, can play. The big picture of this is we’ve got 81 games to go and we’re going to need both guys.”

Hedberg, who’s making his 2011-12 debut, had three wins in four appearances against the Hurricanes last season.

“I talked to Chris [goaltending coach Terreri] a little bit about the histories of the goaltenders with the teams,” DeBoer said. “I’m not a huge believer in that stat, but it’s definitely some information that gets filed and goes into the decision. It’s definitely not the sole reason.”

Deboer will be looking for a better performance following his club's opening-night setback at the Rock. He's using the same lineup as Saturday.

“I’m hoping quite a bit [of an improvement],” he said. “Again, I give the Flyers full marks. They came in here, played a heck of a hockey game at a lot faster pace than we were used to. Hopefully that’ll be all fixed tonight. It’s a work in progress, we just have to get better every day."

Could all the excitement of playing that first game in front of a pumped-up sellout crowd have been a factor?

“You watch some of the games around the League: Winnipeg last night, Calgary’s opener – the home team seems to get off their game plan, play a little tight,” DeBoer said. “I’m hoping that was the reason we didn’t stick to what we want to do and that can be rectified today.”

Brodeur played well in the defeat, and had to make two of his 26 saves on shorthanded breakaways. The Devils’ power play went 0-for-5, managing just two shots.

“I liked our structure on our power play,” said DeBoer. “I liked how it looked early in the game when the ice was good and we did a lot of good things. Late in the game, some nerves, some guys trying to force the issue a little bit, the puck bouncing a little bit. I think that all played a part. Obviously, we don’t want to give up two breakaways a night to the shorthanded team, so that’s something we’ve got to fix."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59