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The Devils assigned eight players to the AHL and returned one to WHL.

New Jersey assigned?goaltender Scott Wedgewood, defensemen Brandon Burlon, Eric Gelinas and Jon Merrill and forwards Stefan Matteau, Rod Pelley, Tim Sestito and Mike Sislo to Albany.

The returned defenseman Damon Severson to the WHL.

Tags: Alexander Urbom, Analysis, CAM JANSSEN, Eric Gelinas, JACOB JOSEFSON, Krys Barch, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Notes, preseason, roster cuts, rostislav olesz, Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Andrew Vazzano
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While the Devils wait for Steve Sullivan to arrive, Pete DeBoer has been tasked with filling out the lineup card for tonight's game in Boston. Does that mean the Devils are planning to put Tom Kostopolous back in despite getting knocked the EFF out on Monday? Or maybe Krys Barch returns? Eh, not so fast. DeBoer has something else in mind.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/319842387474137088

As you'll notice, Adam Larsson is unlikely to be one of those seven defensemen with Anton Volchenkov returning to the lineup. While it might seem a little odd, it actually makes a ton of sense. For one, Peter Harrold can play up front as well, which means he can easily eat up the seven minutes usually assigned to the fourth-line wingers. Also, Volchenkov's shot blocking will be seriously needed against the Bruins tonight, particularly considering how much some of their defensemen love to fire the puck at the net. I also like the idea because the Devils have pretty much had one problem defenseman per game for most of the season. Rarely do they get all six D-men clicking and playing well both individually and as a unit. Dressing seven defensemen allows DeBoer to "go with the hot hand," so to speak. For those of you worried about losing a forward for a team that already can't score -- it's not like pulling Kostopolous or Barch were going to help New Jersey put goals in the net. DeBoer has also been known to bury those guys and shorten his bench in tight games, which tonight should be if the Devils have a chance to win in the third. With all things considered, I like the idea on a game-by-game basis.

Tags: Adam Larsson, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Devils, Devs, Krys Barch, Lineup Changes, New Jersey Devils, Peter Harrold, Tom Kostopoulos
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With Martin Brodeur on the verge of returning, Devils fans can now turn their attention to the health of the other walking wounded, namely: Andrei Loktionov, Henrik Tallinder and Dainius Zubrus.

We'll start with the most recently injured, Loktionov, who has one of those wonderful "undisclosed" injuries.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/313693507514671104

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Andrei Loktionov, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, Harri Pesonen, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Injury Report, Krys Barch, New Jersey Devils
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As the Devils return home for the second half of a back-to-back, coach Pete DeBoer elected to make a few lineup changes -- at least one of which was initiated by the health of captain Bryce Salvador.

https://twitter.com/NHLDevilsPR/status/310861770317246465

We'll have more on these changes in our game preview shortly.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, Krys Barch, Lineup Changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau
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Tags: DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, Krys Barch, New Jersey Devils, Watch
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With no morning skate, the Devils were late to announce their lineup for tonight's game. Johan Hedberg will get the start in net despite his recent struggles and the recently called-up Cam Janssen will replace Stefan Matteau and join fellow Bash Brother Krys Barch in the lineup.

I imagine DeBoer's lineup decision led to a scene similar to this in the home locker room of the Prudential Center:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqV_dBPc4XY

Tags: CAM JANSSEN, Devils, Devs, Johan Hedberg, Krys Barch, Lineup Changes, lineup changes, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau
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You may have noticed that a certain 6-foot right wing was almost nowhere to be found after the second period Thursday night. Bobby Butler, who had spent parts of the past three games skating with Ilya Kovalchuk on the Devils' top line, was eventually glued to the bench last night.

He played roughly six minutes in total and took just one shift in the third period. But why the benching? Pete DeBoer wasn't talking.

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/307342018340864000

Tags: Albany Devils, Bobby Butler, Buzz, Devils, Devs, Krys Barch, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Ryan Carter, Stefan Matteau, Tim Sestito
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The Devils held an optional skate this morning, but coach Pete DeBoer revealed two lineup changes for tonight's game, one more interesting than the other. First, the fourth line gets a bit of a change with Tim Sestito getting the chance to dress:

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/307177460531867649

Also, there will be some changes on defense, with a certain slow-footed Russian getting a night off.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Krys Barch, Lineup Changes, lineup changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Tim Sestito, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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https://twitter.com/NHLDevilsPR/status/305740486549843969

There's two ways people might read this. One, Pete DeBoer wants forward flexibility and is tired of having to roll the same 12 forwards every game regardless of matchup or regardless of how they're playing. Two, the Devils don't really know how long Carter is going to be out and they can't afford to go game to game with him on the roster.

Realistically, it's a combination of both of those reads. DeBoer obviously needs roster flexibility because I can't imagine he's very happy throwing Krys Barch out every night. Also, can we just come out and call this a concussion? If it were the average "upper-body injury," then the Devils would have some sort of official timeline or timetable for recovery. Whether they'd give it to us is another matter, but they would still have known before today if Carter was going to need to be placed on IR. The good news is Carter is eligible to be activated immediately, so if he makes a sudden recovery this week the Devils would still have the option to put him back in the lineup immediately.

Tags: Devils, Devs, Injury Report, JACOB JOSEFSON, Krys Barch, New Jersey Devils, News, Ryan Carter
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After experimenting with some seriously strange line combos in the third period of last night's win, Pete DeBoer went back to business as usual at today's practice, including on defense.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/305021808791408642

https://twitter.com/TGfireandice/status/305023096174305280

Tags: Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Krys Barch, New Jersey Devils, Notes
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

I'm not going to say the Devils stole this one, because they played well enough to win, but boy, the Caps' penalty problems certainly got them going in the third. With a noon start coming Saturday, this was a big win for the Devils and they could ice what's left of the Caps' season with a sweep of this two-game series. Some thoughts...

Dueling Russians: Alex Ovechkin came out firing on all cylinders in the first two periods, playing with the jump and speed that he used to display on a regular basis. There was the ridiculous undressing of Bryce Salvador and the spin move that left Henrik Tallinder useless and finally an end-to-end rush that he shot wide. It was vintage Ovechkin for 40 minutes and although he didn't score, it appeared only a matter of time before Ovi buried one. But then all of a sudden to star the third, Ilya Kovalchuk seemed liked a different player. Perhaps energized by Ovi's sudden resurgence or pissed off by his team's poor effort in the second period, Kovy was all over the ice in the third. Even before he scored the game-winning goal on a picture-perfect one-time setup from Patrik Elias, Kovy was rushing Caps goalie Braden Holtby and drawing penalties with strong work along the boards. It was always like Kovy realized there was nothing else going for the Devils tonight and took it upon himself to be the best player on the ice for the final 20 minutes. Of course, it helped that he basically played the entire period because of how much time the Devils spent on the power play during the third. Still, on nights like tonight, we're reminded that the Devils have something that only a handful of other teams have: a player that is the most skilled player 95 percent of the time he's on the ice. I mean, really, how many other players could've taken the shot that he scored the game winner on? Just fantastic.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Adam Larsson, Alex Ovechkin, Andrei Loktionov, Capitals, Caps, DAVID CLARKSON, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Krys Barch, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Pete DeBoer, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Washington Capitals
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The Devils have suffered two significant injuries in the past 10 days, first losing Dainius Zubrus to wrist surgery and then Ryan Carter to a likely concussion. Zubrus is out at least another three weeks and possibly as much as five, while Carter is sidelined for at least this weekend. These injuries have led me to seriously reconsider the Devils' realistic ceiling for this season because of one major problem.

They Devils are so frighteningly shallow up front they're one injury away from struggling to ice 12 NHL forwards.

Don't believe me? It's true. With both Carter and Zubrus on the shelf, both Stefan Matteau and Krys Barch are in the lineup tonight and there is no extra forward. Seriously. Since the Devils continue to carry eight defensemen, Carter is the 13th forward. If any of the top 12 get hurt tonight, either Carter would have to go on injured reserve or one of the defensemen will have to go.

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Analysis, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, JACOB JOSEFSON, Krys Barch, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Pete DeBoer, Editorial Aside, Ryan Carter, Stefan Matteau
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My friend Brian Bassett over at SNY's theJetsBlog runs this occasional feature called "The Junk Drawer." He uses it to basically get out a bullet pointed list of thoughts rattling around his head about a specific move or a specific period of time. I'm officially stealing this idea, with all due respect to Brian, and calling my version "Emptying The Bag" -- an allusion to those days when you'd pull all your stinky hockey equipment out of the bag to air it out before it grew mold. The first version is below and basically empties my head of whatever thoughts I had left regarding the Alexei Ponikarovsky trade...

The (no) adjustment bureau: They say familiarity breeds contempt, but in this case, it creates a lack of waiting time. One of the advantages of Ponikarovsky is the Devils don?t have to spend time teaching him the system or waiting for him to get adjusted to new surroundings or hoping he finds chemistry with his teammates. This is all old news for Poni and the Devils, who already have a limited amount of time as it is in the shortened season. For that reason, I would in no way be surprised if he picked up exactly where he left off last season, when he had seven goals and 18 points in 33 games for New Jersey. Will he score on that pace? Probably not, but with this Devils team, any additional offensive input is a bonus, especially when it comes from the first line left wing.

FLLW: I?ve written multiple times about the way station that has been the left side of the Devils? top forward line. I even have a hastily created acronym for it. But the truth is that even Dainius Zubrus wasn?t producing enough offensively to merit his place on the top line. I like the idea of Poni skating there because he brings the size and physicality that Zubrus brought, but perhaps with a better offensive touch. With Ilya Kovalchuk shooting almost every puck he gets his hand on, a big body like Ponikarovsky could be very useful in the front of the net to help clean up the rebounds. Plus, it allows the Devils to play guys like Ryan Carter and Stefan Matteau on the third and fourth lines, respectively, where their minutes won?t balloon too much and where they?re far more comfortable as players.

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Analysis, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Devils, Devs, Emptying The Bag, Krys Barch, New Jersey Devils, Editorial Aside, Stefan Matteau
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Alexei Ponikarovsky joined the Devils for his first skate since rejoining the team via trade Wednesday night. In Friday's morning skate, during which Pete DeBoer generally ices the lines that will start that night's game, Ponikarovsky was on the left wing of top centerman Travis Zajac.

https://twitter.com/Ledger_NJDevils/status/302438420842692608

This isn't all that surprising -- all you have to do is look at the players that have rotated through that spot thus far this season to understand the decision. DeBoer has tried Stefan Matteau, Ryan Carter, Bobby Butler, Jacob Josefson, Adam Henrique and Dainius Zubrus at first line left wing. Outside of Zubrus, Matteau has gotten the longest look there, but mostly for five or six shifts a game max. In a post I'll (hopefully) get to later today, I'll go deeper into the benefits on the Poni trade, but this is chief among them. I don't know if he'll spent the entire game there, especially if the Devils get off to a poor start again, but I imagine he'll get a pretty long look.

Tags: Alexei Ponikarovsky, Devils, Devs, Krys Barch, Lineup Changes, lineup changes, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau
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