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DeBoer takes new lines into Caps matchup

Friday, 01.25.2013 / 12:22 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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DeBoer takes new lines into Caps matchup



 
Pete DeBoer is sticking with his new lines.

Despite the Devils' 2-0 start, DeBoer sees room for improvement going into tonight's meeting with Washington. The left wing swap that he made at Thursday's practice will remain intact against the Capitals (0-3). Mattias Tedenby moves to the top line with Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk, while Dainius Zubrus moves to the second line with Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.

"I don't think there's anyone that's this early into a season with a short training camp that's happy with all areas of their game," DeBoer said.

Krys Barch will make his Devils debut, replacing Cam Janssen as the right wing on the fourth line.

"He's a guy with no exhibition games," DeBoer said. "I mean, I obviously know him from playing on other teams around the league, but I haven't had an opportunity to really see him up close and personal. I want to get him in a game and see what he can do. On the face of it, I'm sure he's going to bring energy and speed and physicality."

Adam Henrique
, sidelined since November following left thumb surgery, took part in the morning skate. It was a welcome sight for DeBoer.

"It's great to see him back," the coach said of the 2012 Calder Trophy finalist. "He's a big part of our team and our lineup. It just allows you, obviously assuming you stay healthy, by slotting him in, it just allows you to put guys in better positions for them to have success and for us to have success."

The matchup with Washington means the return of Adam Oates, who spent two seasons as a Devils assistant before taking over as Caps coach last summer. Washington dropped its third in a row to start the year with a 4-1 home loss to Montreal on Thursday.

"Watching them play, I see signs of improvement," DeBoer said. "I told our guys I think they're a dangerous team in that I can see them better every day. He's a hell of a coach and it's just a matter of time before they get things together. I just hope it's not tonight."

Today's lines:
Mattias Tedenby
- Travis Zajac - Ilya Kovalchuk
Dainius Zubrus
- Patrik Elias - David Clarkson
Ryan Carter
- Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier
Stefan Matteau
- Jacob Josefson - Krys Barch

Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky
Andy Greene
- Mark Fayne
Henrik Tallinder
- Anton Volchenkov

Martin Brodeur
(Johan Hedberg)

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
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14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
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C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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