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Devils bring new-look lines into Boston

Wednesday, 02.29.2012 / 4:10 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils bring new-look lines into Boston
Coach Peter DeBoer juggled his lines at practice on Wednesday hoping to spark his offense heading into Thursday's meeting with the Bruins.

Dainius Zubrus, who had been centering Alexei Ponikarovsky and Steve Bernier, was moved back to right wing on a line with Patrik Elias and Petr Sykora. Jacob Josefson was bumped up to the third line between Ponikarovsky and David Clarkson.

"I think the Vancouver game [on Feb. 24], we at least created some opportunities," Coach Peter DeBoer said. "I think the Ranger game, we didn't get a lot going, so we'll make some changes and see if that works."

The expectation is that the Sykora-Elias-Zubrus reunion will recreate some of the offensive chemistry they generated during the first half.

"They're comfortable playing together; they like playing together," said DeBoer. "They complement each other, and it wasn't just a week or two of success – those guys were good for months. I'm confident that group will work."

Bernier practiced on the fourth line with Eric Boulton, Ryan Carter and Cam Janssen.

"I'm hoping we don't lose the identity on the third and fourth line that we've started to build, and I don't think we will with moving Jo and Clarky there," DeBoer said. 

The Devils (35-23-4) have dropped three in a row, but are looking for their first win in four meetings with the defending Stanley Cup champs.

"We're playing some good hockey," said Martin Brodeur, who will start. "We just have to keep believing in what we're doing and we're going to come out of it, as far as getting bounces and getting calls on our side. We're doing the right things to win hockey games. I think we're close, we're doing some good things."

Boston was shut out at home Tuesday, falling, 1-0, to Ottawa. They've outscored the Devils by a combined 14-5 in the season series.

"It's a big challenge," Brodeur said. "For us, we've gotten it handed to us three times against these guys, so it's kind of nice to go in and measure ourselves for the last time against one of the top teams in the East."

Johan Hedberg will be in goal Friday when the Devils visit Washington. The four-game trip concludes Sunday on Long Island.

New Jersey returns home Tuesday to host the Rangers.

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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

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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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