Lineup Changes

The moment that many have been waiting for is finally here. It may only be a stop-gap, one-game tryout, but coveted forward?Reid Boucher?will get his first chance to play with the big boys tonight when he suits up for the New Jersey Devils against the Montreal Canadiens.


Reid Boucher by the number: Albany 2013

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In a move that was long rumored over the summer, Damien Brunner will be attending training camp, looking to make the club.

This is a no-brainer if you ask me. Give him a tryout, see how he does, and if it doesn't pan out, there's no harm done.

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It's no secret that Adam Henrique has had a bit of a rough ride this season. After nearly winning the Calder Trophy as a rookie last year, Henrique has struggled to find his groove in his sophomore campaign. Pete DeBoer noticed and decided to give Henrique a night off with the Devils freshly eliminated from the playoff race.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

?I think he needs to take a step back for a night and just watch,? Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. ?His confidence isn?t where it needs to be. So, that?s the solution I?ve come up with.?


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Andrei Loktionov was a healthy scratch for Thursday night's game against the Flyers. Loktionov admitted he hasn't been playing well and Pete DeBoer is wont to switch things up, especially during a skid. Today, Loktionov found himself on the outside looking in again.


It's not a game-day skate, so nothing's guaranteed. But as much as DeBoer likes to change things up when the Devils are losing, he usually prefers to run the same lineup out after a win. My guess is Loktionov ends up in the press box again for Saturday's game against the Panthers, but we should know for sure after tomorrow's morning skate.

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The Devils might be out of the playoff chase, but that doesn't mean Pete DeBoer is going to stop trying to find a combination that finally gets the Devils back into the win column. Tonight, he'll be swapping out Andrei Loktionov for Jacob Josefson, something Loktionov says he deserved.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

?I think two games I played good and the last game I played OK,? Loktionov said. ?That?s not good for me. I have to try play always good. I can?t play like that ? up and down, up and down. I have to (keep getting better).

?Sometimes it?s good to see how the team plays when you sit upstairs. Sometimes you have to see what you need to do to score or do something on the ice.?

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Adam Larsson took a shot off his leg at practice Tuesday and won't be in the lineup Wednesday night. He'll be replaced by Henrik Tallinder, which is not the only change in Pete DeBoer's lineup.


Once again Pete DeBoer is shuffling multiple bodies in and out of the lineup. It's a trick he's tried multiple times this season to varying effect. There's been games where the "trick" has sparked the club or seen a player skate like his ass is on fire, but that's usually just a one- or two-game fix. Mostly, it's been a short-term, half-torn, blood-stained bandaid over a gaping wound. They Devils have been searching for a left wing on the first line all season. They've been trying to find six reliable defensemen (despite having eight on the roster) all season. They've looked for reliable third- and fourth-line wingers while trying to find anybody with a 20-goal scoring touch (Hello, Matt D'Agostini). None of it works. This is all very "deck chairs on the Titanic" rather than trying to find a combination that works. If there were one, DeBoer would've found it by now.

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The Devils held somewhat of an informal skate Friday, with all the player that didn't play Thursday night skating to stay fresh. That includes new addition Steve Sullivan, who will debut with the Devils on Saturday.


We're not too surprised by Sullivan playing the right side considering the Devils currently have four NHL-quality left wings in Carter, Zubrus, Ponikarovsky and Elias. DeBoer also noted that Sullivan will see some time on the power play, which is something Sullivan did in Pittsburgh last year. Worth noting is that Sullivan played the point for the Pens' power play, which is something the Devils have been missing since they lost Ilya Kovalchuk to injury. The key here will be remembering to keep your expectations in check. Sullivan is basically ancient (38) in NHL years and hasn't scored 20 goals since the oddity year of 2006-07. We also don't know where Sullivan will play in terms of linemates, which DeBoer says he's still formulating. That'll go a long way in determining just how much of an offensive role Sullivan will have with these Devils.

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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.


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.

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Tonight is the Devils' third game in four nights, leading to Pete DeBoer swapping things around on defense again.


DeBoer said at practice today that with the Devils playing a lot of games in a tight schedule, he'll be switching things up on defense. He wants to keep everyone fresh enough to avoid tired legs.

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From the Devils' optional skate Saturday:


There's no word on who will come out of the lineup for Larsson, although my guess would be Peter Harrold, who did some extra work after this morning's skate. The Devils would have to clear a roster spot for Tallinder, who is currently on injured reserve.

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After being a healthy scratch for 11 games, Mark Fayne will be back in the lineup Friday night against the Lightning. In order to get Fayne in, someone must sit and tonight that person is Adam Larsson.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

?I think it?s tough for anyone in that situation,? he said. ?But, at the same, you?ve got to understand why you?re sitting out, try to work on things. It?s always different too watching the game from up top. You get a different perspective on things. You see the game from a different angle and sometimes that can be helpful.?

Did Fayne understand why he was sitting out?

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I never thought I'd write that headline, but there it is. At today's morning skate in Ottawa, none other than Matt D'Agostini has been bumped up to right wing on the Devils' top line alongside Andrei Loktionov and Adam Henrique. The rest of today's forward lines and defensive pairings:



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The Devils held an optional skate Saturday morning and newcomer Matt D'Agostini was a full participant. D'Agostini is expected to make his Devils debut tonight against the Panthers.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

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.

?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.?

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The current group has been playing pretty well, so I can't and won't get upset about this. But there will come a time where DeBoer will need Fayne to get his confidence back and that has to be before we get too deep into April.

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After missing the entire third period last night, Alexei Ponikarovsky was not present at Wednesday's practice. His injury, along with the return of Andrei Loktionov to practice, forced Pete DeBoer to use some line combinations we've seen before.


I'm sure many Devils fans are happy to see the return of the CBGB line, although all of this was necessitated by the injuries to Ponikarovsky and Dainius Zubrus. Once those two return, unless the Devils want Adam Henrique, Travis Zajac or Loktionov to center the fourth line (they don't), then I wouldn't expect that line to appear except for certain points when DeBoer maybe wants to give the whole team a spark. Also, DeBoer really dislikes using Henrique on the wing and only uses him there when he has to. Assuming Poni isn't seriously hurt, I'd expect him to return to that spot until Zubrus is healthy, at which point all bets are off in terms of line combos. We'll have to see how serious the injury to Ponikarovsky is later today once DeBoer addresses the media. If he's out for tomorrow's game, I'd be willing to bet these are the lines we'll see against Carolina.

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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.


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

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This sudden change came during warmups Thursday:


Fayne was scheduled to be a healthy scratch along with Adam Larsson, but apparently Tallinder was unable to go at the last minute. We'll let you know more on his status as soon as the information becomes available.

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Whether you think the Devils are or aren't in trouble, there's one thing we all agree on: New Jersey's forwards are producing far too little offense. In response, coach Pete DeBoer has tried all manner of different line combinations to jump-start his offense. With none of those changes working for more than a shift or two, DeBoer went all the way back at today's morning skate.


We haven't seen those top two line combos since the first games following the Ponikarovsky trade. But wait! There's changes afoot on the back end, too.

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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:


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The Devils are in a slide. There's no other way to really describe it. Although it was important to get a point Saturday against Buffalo, the Devils have won just one time in two weeks, leading coach Pete DeBoer to start mixing and matching with line combinations. It looks like DeBoer will be changing things up again tonight in Toronto. Here's some of the line combos DeBoer iced during today's morning skate:


We've seen this before, DeBoer moving Matteau to the first or second line to start a game, only to find him riding the bench for much of the second or third period. The question isn't whether Matteau can hang up there (he can't), but rather how long DeBoer will attempt to keep Loktionov, Zajac and Henrique centering three separate lines. The Henrique-on-the-wing experiment has been tried and failed twice so far this season and I can't imagine DeBoer is anxious to return to that anytime soon. However, it's not like the Devils are overflowing with first line left wings for the time being. Perhaps DeBoer is just trying to buy time until Dainius Zubrus is healthy again, but this team isn't in a situation where it can sit around and wait for help. If I can guess anything, I'd say the lines that start the game are unlikely to be the ones that finish the game.

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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:


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

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The Devils arrived in Winnipeg on Wednesday and held a 1:30 p.m. practice at the arena. As for participants, everyone on the trip took part, including Ryan Carter.

Carter, who has been sidelined by concussion-like symptoms, skated on the fourth line, rotating in and out with Stefan Matteau, Krys Barch, Bobby Butler and recent callup Tim Sestito. The rejiggered fourth line is part of Pete DeBoer's recent trend of trying new forward combos over the past week in an attempt to wake up the Devils' slumping offense.

Here are the other line pairings for the day:

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It's not a gameday morning skate, so it's not 100 percent solid, but I'd expect Marty back in net tomorrow with Johan Hedberg taking his usual second half of the back-to-back Sunday night.

UPDATE: Check that, looks like it'll be Hedberg tomorrow.

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With Ryan Carter sidelined by some form of upper-body injury (read: likely concussion), the Devils suddenly have a hole on their third line. Enter the Devils' apparent Mr. Fix It this season, Stefan Matteau.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

Rookie Stefan Matteau is skating in Carter?s place on the third line with Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier. Matteau, who will turn 19 on Saturday, has been a healthy scratch the last three games.


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It was just a matter of time before Henrik Tallinder got back in the lineup and last night's performance by Mark Fayne apparently provided Pete DeBoer with enough reason to change things.


I'll get into more detail in my preview for tonight's game, but I can't say I blame DeBoer after the game Fayne had last night. Also, a reminder, it'll be Johan Hedberg in net tonight.

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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.


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.

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The Devils got back to a full practice today, so I just wanted to pass on a couple notes, starting with how Pete DeBoer plans to deploy Martin Brodeur and Johan Hedberg this week.


And the fact that Ponikarovsky is expected to be in the lineup tomorrow against Philly.

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Fayne will slide in next to Bryce Salvador on the Devils' top defensive pairing, making Martin Brodeur the only difference in the lineup from Sunday.

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Mark Fayne wasn't at Tuesday's morning shootaround and was replaced on the top defensive pairing by Peter Harrold. Fayne is expected back in time for tonight's game.


Also, Mathieu Darche, who has been skating with the team despite not having a contract, was not at the skate either.

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The lines and defensive pairings at Friday's practice were the same as the ones the Devils started with Thursday against the Lightning. That means Martin Brodeur will be back in net Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins and it will be his 1,200th NHL game. Count coach Pete DeBoer among those impressed by the stat.


To put Brodeur's feat in perspective: Patrick Roy is second among goalies in all-time games played at 1,029 and Nikolai Khabibulin is the closest active player with 783 games. Yeah. Wow.

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Besides the Stefan Matteau news -- which we'll delve a little deeper into later today -- the other item of importance out of today's morning skate was the continued benching of Henrik Tallinder.


Pete DeBoer has stated and shown a willingness to rotate in all of his defensemen so far this season. Well, except for Peter Harrold. Sorry, Pete. So the question now becomes, how long will Tallinder sit for? Probably until Marek Zidlicky gets pulled. As more than a few of you pointed out on Twitter, Zidlicky's ice time has dipped considerably since the Islanders loss last Thursday. After bottom out at 19:12 and playing mostly 22-plus minutes a night on the first line, Zidlicky has been demoted to the third unit over the last three games. He's also seen his ice time drop from 18:26 to 16:30 to 13:19 in the last three games, respectively.

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There was an interesting development -- to say the least -- at the Devils' morning skate today. Dainius Zubrus did not skate due to an upper-body injury, while Stefan Matteau took his place on the top line at left wing. That would appear to mean Matteau will be sticking around this season.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

Dainius Zubrus is not participating in the Devils? morning skate today at Prudential Center and will not play in tonight?s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning because of an upper-body injury, the team says.

Rookie left wing Stefan Matteau is skating this morning in Zubrus? spot on the top line with Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk. That doesn?t guarantee he?ll play in that spot, though.

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With the Devils having stopped their "skid" with a win out on the Island on Sunday, they'll get their first taste of the new-look Rangers tonight. The Devils, however, are beginning to resemble the team we thought we'd see entering the season. How do I mean? Take a look at the line combinations from today's morning skate.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

Forwards: Dainius Zubrus-Travis Zajac-Ilya Kovalchuk; Patrik Elias-Adam Henrique-David Clarkson; Ryan Carter-Stephen Gionta-Steve Bernier; Krys Barch-Jacob Josefson-Bobby Butler, Stefan Matteau, Mathieu Darche.

Defensemen: Bryce Salvador-Mark Fayne; Andy Greene-Adam Larsson; Anton Volchenkov-Marek Zidlicky; Henrik Tallinder-Peter Harrold.

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Coming off their third straight OT loss, the Devils got right back to work Friday before heading off to Pennsylvania for Saturday's game against Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.

Picking up where they left off last night, Adam Henrique was skating on the left side of the Devils' top line alongside Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk. It was a little surprising considering Pete DeBoer admitted last night that he prefers to play Henrique at center. So why slot him in at LW right now?


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It'll be a big night for the future of the Devils(and for guys named Adam, too) on Thursday when Adam Henrique and Adam Larsson get their first crack at playing this season. Henrique's been sidelined for two months following hand surgery. He, like Larsson, began the lockout playing with Albany of the AHL before getting hurt during a game in November.

"I thought we did a great job as a group of everyone stepping up while he was out," coach Pete DeBoer said Thursday, "but hes a big part of our team obviously and you can start to slot people in the right spots when hes in the lineup."

While Henrique will likely eventually slot in on the second line between Patrik Elias and David Clarkson, he'll start Thursday's game on the fourth unit, skating with Krys Barch and former Albany teammate Matt Anderson. Don't expect that to stick though.

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Looks like the 30-year-old Anderson is going to make his NHL debut tonight.


As was noted yesterday, it'll be Johan Hedberg in net tonight against Boston.

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Pete DeBoer announced at Monday's practice that backup goalie Johan Hedberg will get his first start of the season Tuesday in Boston, giving Martin Brodeur a night off after playing the first four games. It's been a while since Hedberg's been in the net. Just how long?

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

He hasn?t started a game since a 3-1 victory over the Islanders on April 3 of last season.

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UPDATE: That means we'll likely see the same line combinations the Devils rolled out in practice yesterday, starting with Stefan Matteau on the first line at left wing.

Here's what else Devils fans should expect to start the game tonight, with Martin Brodeur in net:

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After changing things up a bit for Thursday's practice, the Devils apparently liked what they saw out there. At least to start, Mattias Tedenby will start on the top line with Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk, while Dainius Zubrus slides down to second-line winger. Krys Barch will make his season debut, replacing Cam Janssen on the fourth line next to Stefan Matteau and Jacob Josefson.

Here's the official lineup and D pairings from today's morning skate:

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The Devils rolled the same lines from Saturday's game at today's morning skate, meaning you should expect the same forward lines against the Flyers tonight, at least to start. As a reminder, here's the line combos:



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As we wait for Bobby Butler to clear waivers or be claimed by another team, the general expectation is Mattias Tedenby will be recalled to take his roster spot (UPDATE: Devils confirm he'll be recalled at noon). Judging by the morning skate, he'll take LW on the second line with Patrik Elias at C and David Clarkson at RW.

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Also, looks like Adam Larsson will be among the inactives tonight, meaning Henrik Tallinder will likely be on the third defensive pairing.

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We've spent the past couple days talking about guys like David Clarkson and Bobby Butler, but we all know the players that butter Pete DeBoer's bread. With that in mind, this upcoming nugget from ESPN's Crosschecks Blog got me thinking not necessarily about the players mentioned, but who will be paired with them. Hmmm...

Via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com:

Henrique, DeBoer said during our Monday interview, was still 10-to-14 days away from being healthy, but once that?s the case, he figures his two main offensive pairs up front will be Ilya Kovalchuk with Travis Zajac on one line, and Henrique with veteran Patrik Elias on the other.

"Those are our two pairs at the top that I want to keep together, but who rides shotguns for those guys are the jobs that are up for grabs," DeBoer said.First of all, let's be clear that Zajac and Henrique could easily swap places throughout the year. While I think they both fit will with their respective partners at this time, it's not often you see the top two lines on any NHL team will struggles to score (and the Devils will) stay together for an entire season. With that said, I came up three sets of line combinations that I think work well together, assuming the Zajac-Kovy and Elias-Henrique pairings. Two things should be noted before we go forward: I'm leaving out a fourth line that I assume will alternate between four players (Bernier, Carter, Janssen, Gionta) and I'm listing Kovy at RW because that appears to be where DeBoer is comfortable using him.

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Pete DeBoer has made it clear the Devils won't change their style to offset the losses of Zach Parise and Petr Sykora. But that means the Devils will need to find offense from somewhere unexpected. Last season, it was David Clarkson who stepped up with a career-high 30 goals and with the Devils needing more scoring up front, it's fair to wonder whether Clarkson deserves a chance on the top line.

Via Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger:

Travis Zajac, who figures to be the Devils? top center, believes there should be no doubts about Clarkson being a first-liner.

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