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DeBoer working on lineup for opener

Tuesday, 10.01.2013 / 4:17 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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DeBoer working on lineup for opener
DeBoer working on lineup for opener



 
Head coach Peter DeBoer still has some work to do before finalizing his lineup for Thursday's season opener in Pittsburgh.

He expects to have two of his key pieces – Martin Brodeur and Jaromir Jagr – in place when the puck finally drops on 2013-14. In the meantime, he has other details to work out.

"We're going to take all the time we can just because things can change in a practice," DeBoer said Tuesday. "You're dealing with different things: obviously what Marty has gone through and how quickly he can get back feeling good, some minor injuries, Jagr practicing two days in a row. There's some moving parts."

DeBoer experimented at practice with putting Jagr on a line with Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique. That was a change from Monday, when Jagr skated as an extra forward with Jacob Josefson and Mattias Tedenby.

"You can see just watching him, the world-class skill and the plays he's able to make," DeBoer said of Jagr. "For me, it's just finding that balance where we allow him and afford him the opportunity to be creative at the right times. At the same time, he gets a good handle on our expectations, system-wise and fitting in that way."

Whether Brodeur gets the start Thursday or in Friday's home opener against the Islanders, he wants to be ready. He was reminded of his NHL-record streak of 18 consecutive season openers with one team.

"It's not a big thing. It's durability," Brodeur said of the mark. "I'm part of the lineup, regardless."

 
Tuesday's lines:

Ryane Clowe - Patrik Elias - Damien Brunner
Adam Henrique
- Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr
Dainius Zubrus
- Andrei Loktionov - Michael Ryder
Ryan Carter
- Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier
Rostislav Olesz
- Jacob Josefson - Mattias Tedenby

Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky
Andy Greene
- Adam Larsson
Anton Volchenkov
- Peter Harrold
Alexander Urbom
- Mark Fayne

Martin Brodeur
Cory Schneider

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
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

STATS

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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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