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DeBoer working on lineup for opener

Tuesday, 10.1.2013 / 4:17 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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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 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 54 15 24 6 39
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
K. Palmieri 54 20 15 3 35
A. Henrique 52 17 17 14 34
T. Zajac 46 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 46 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 54 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 50 1 12 0 13
A. Greene 54 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 43 3 7 -13 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 16 6 .929 2.03
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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