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DeBoer takes new lines into Caps matchup

Friday, 01.25.2013 / 12:22 PM ET / 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)

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 67 16 24 -2 40
M. Cammalleri 60 25 12 5 37
S. Gomez 50 7 24 -7 31
P. Elias 61 10 20 -16 30
S. Bernier 59 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 66 11 12 -2 23
A. Larsson 56 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 74 3 17 5 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 54 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 4 3 .919 2.42