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Kinkaid recalled from Albany (AHL)

Brodeur placed on IR retroactive to Feb. 24

Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 11:00 AM / News
By Eric Marin
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Kinkaid recalled from Albany (AHL)




 
Goaltender Keith Kinkaid was recalled from Albany (AHL) on Tuesday and will serve as Johan Hedberg's backup for Thursday's game in Winnipeg.

Kinkaid practiced with the team, filling in for Martin Brodeur, who was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Feb. 24.

As of early Tuesday afternoon, head coach Peter DeBoer was uncertain whether or not Brodeur would travel to Winnipeg, where the Devils open a three-game road trip. They visit Buffalo on Saturday, Toronto on Monday.

Brodeur was forced to miss Sunday's start after experiencing tightness during warm-ups. He's off to an 8-2-3 mark with a 2.27 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and one shutout.

Kinkaid's status for the trip was also pending.

"We'll get that information on Marty and make a decision on that," DeBoer said.

Kinkaid, 23, is 17-11-5 for the Devils' top affiliate with a 2.69 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and two shutouts. He leads the club with 33 appearances.

This is the fourth recall for the 6-3, 190-lb. native of Farmingville, N.Y., who's looking to make his NHL debut.

"It's exciting," Kinkaid said. "I couldn't really sleep last night; I was pretty excited to get up here again, and just show them what I have in practice, see how much I've improved and just battle every day. I want to be the guy that always gets the recall and hopefully be up here for a shot. I just have to keep battling and working hard."

Kinkaid backed up Hedberg for six games from Oct. 15 to Nov. 2 last season, when Brodeur sat out with a shoulder injury.

"I had a lot of fun last year backing up," he said. "It's just exciting. Obviously you want to get a first game, but the time will come, hopefully. It starts in practice – you show them what you've got and hopefully they trust you enough to put you in a game. Just being with the team is an accomplishment in itself."

• Andrei Loktionov is riding a three-game point streak (1g-2a) and centered Adam Henrique and Ilya Kovalchuk at practice. Travis Zajac, who scored his fourth of the year on Sunday, remained between Patrik Elias and David Clarkson. 

Stephen Gionta centered Alexei Ponikarovsky and Steve Bernier. Stefan Matteau, a left wing, anchored the fourth line with Krys Barch and Bobby Butler.

DeBoer wouldn't commit to keeping those lines for Thursday.

"Those lines today weren't in stone," he said. "We're a little all over the map. We'll come up with a lineup tonight and we'll have a center on the fourth line."

DeBoer didn't rule out the availability of Ryan Carter (upper body), who has been sidelined since last Monday's meeting with Ottawa.

"He's seeing a doctor this morning and we should have a report on him later today," DeBoer said. "He's feeling much better."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 48 32 13 3 128 108 67
2 DET 50 29 12 9 149 129 67
3 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
4 NYI 49 32 16 1 158 139 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 49 25 14 10 144 125 60
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
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11 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
12 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 42 10 16 -2 26
J. Jagr 45 9 16 -12 25
M. Cammalleri 37 15 6 -2 21
P. Elias 39 6 15 -13 21
M. Zidlicky 49 4 16 -9 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 41 8 8 -6 16
S. Gomez 25 4 12 -7 16
S. Bernier 34 7 7 2 14
M. Havlat 31 5 8 -9 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 17 19 5 .922 2.36
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54