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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 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59