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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 - 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
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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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