Devils coach Pete DeBoer said D’Agostini will play right wing tonight, but he hadn’t decided his line combinations yet or which forward will come out of the lineup.D'Agostini sliding in at right wing makes sense. For one, he's a right-handed shot and we know how much DeBoer prefers to use wingers on their natural side. Also, with Ilya Kovalchuk, David Clarkson and Ryan Carter set on the top three lines, DeBoer has been searching for a fourth-line right winger. It's a spot where the Devils have been searching for that one player to fit all season, much like they have with the first line left wing. Tom Kostopolous was the latest man to attempt it although I don't think anyone was particularly blown away by what we saw from him. I like the idea of D'Agostini giving DeBoer some potential flexibility and goal scoring depth on the fourth line, although he did say that he views D'Agostini as a top-nine guy. We'll have to wait and see. Tonight's pregame line rushes should be pretty interesting.
“The line combinations we’re not set in stone yet,” DeBoer said. “We’re going to have another meeting after pre-game skate. So, we’ll decide on that this afternoon, , but he’s for me a top nine type forward, so we’re going to give him that opportunity.”
DeBoer said the same six defensemen will dress, meaning Mark Fayne will again be a healthy scratch.
As for the defense, I think I have no idea why Mark Fayne still isn't playing. Is it because the Devils won Tuesday? I said on Twitter the other day that I thought Fayne needed to be in the lineup but I thought Peter Harrold maybe deserved another game. Well, he got that game and while he was solid, Fayne is still clearly the better defenseman. Plus, once Henrik Tallinder returns, it'll only make the lineup even more difficult to crack and at that point, who comes out?