Just hours away from the New Jersey Devils playing the Los Angeles Kings in the Prudential Center, mixed feelings are abound.

The Kings and Devils squared off in the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals, with the Kings winning the series and the Stanley Cup 4-2.? As a fan, it?s hard to still not be disappointed with the outcome.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Analysis, BRYCE SALVADOR, Los Angeles Kings, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, Zach Parise
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When New Jersey Devils captain Bryce Salvador returns to the team, someone will have to head back to the minors. ?There are several different options to choose from for GM Lou Lamoriello, which makes the decision a difficult one. ?Dave and Jeff debate who should be the odd man out that's?sent to Albany.

Dave Turner:?

This is a tough decision, but the play of Eric Gelinas has put the Devils in a tough situation. If Gelinas wasn't playing as well as he is, the decision would be quite simple: send him back down to Albany. In the preseason he was good, and now in three games, he's already showing signs of the big-time expectations that this club has for him.

Tags: Analysis, Debate, Discuss, Eric Gelinas, JACOB JOSEFSON, MARK FAYNE, MATTIAS TEDENBY, New Jersey Devils, Peter Harrold, Stephen Gionta
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It's always great to answer some reader questions, especially now that we have quite a few games worth of information to go on. If you have a question, always feel free to tweet @SNYDevils.

Jonathan Harpula - @Starpula - Larsson for Yakupov? Who says no at this point?

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Defenseman Mark Fayne and winger Matt D'Agostini miss the last four and three games of the season, respectively. At the time, it wasn't 100 percent clear why that happened, particularly with Fayne. At today's breakup day, we got some clarity on the situation with Fayne revealing he has bulging disc in his lower back that caused a harp, shooting pain? down one of his legs.

Via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:

Fayne said he first hurt his back during the team?s April 15 game in Toronto, but it didn?t start to really bother him for a few days after that.

?My back tightened up during that game,? he said. ?It was sore, but I could play the next week, but then something hit one of the nerves, a bulging disc, and it would just shoot down my leg. It?s weird that it happened two games after. I just have to stay off it.?

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Mark Fayne will sit out again Tuesday night after being held out for Sunday's game against the Rangers. The reason? An injury, apparently.


I wonder if this "injury" is a handy excuse for the Devils to sit Fayne the rest of the year while taking a look at young players like Alex Urbom and Eric Gelinas. We'll see if Fayne will be able to suit up Thursday against Pittsburgh.

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The forecheck was as strong as it had been all year.

Marek Zidlicky played his best game this season. The Devils outshot the Buffalo Sabres 39-22 and even scored a power-play goal.

Yet, all that still couldn't translate into a win.

Tags: ANDY GREENE, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Christian Ehrhoff, Dainius Zubr, JACOB JOSEFSON, Jochen Hecht, Kevin Porter, Marek Zidlicky, MARK FAYNE, Martin Brodeur, Patrick Kaleta, PATRIK ELIAS, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Miller, Steve Bernier, Steve Ott, Steve Sullivan, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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The Devils scored just about every way possible on Friday night.

Yet, they still blew a two-goal lead and lost a very important point.

New Jersey scored a shorthanded goal, on its power-play, an even-strength goal and even on a penalty shot. Still, the Devils lost 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning in a shootout on Friday at Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alex Killorn, Andrei Loktionov, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Benoit Pouliot, BRYCE SALVADOR, Corey Conacher, Florida Panthers, Marek Zidlicky, MARK FAYNE, Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Matt D'Agostini, Nate Thompson, New Jersey Devils, Notes, PATRIK ELIAS, Peter Harrold, Editorial Aside, Postgame Thoughts, Ryan Carter, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, Teddy Purcell, Tom Kostopoulos, TRAVIS ZAJAC, Victor Hedman
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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?

Tags: Adam Larsson, Devils, Devs, Lineup Changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils
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Henrik Tallinder made a full appearance at today's optional skate, testing out his ankle to very positive results.



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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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If it's not broken, don't fix it.

Pete DeBoer announced after the Devils' morning skate that there would not be any lineup changes for New Jersey's meeting Friday in Philadelphia.


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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.

Tags: BRYCE SALVADOR, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Injury Report, Krys Barch, Lineup Changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Matteau

Henrik Tallinder's lower-body injury Thursday night will keep him out of more than one game.

Pete DeBoer told the press corps on Friday that?Tallinder will not trek to Raleigh?with the Devils?for the Devils' game with the Hurricanes on Saturday. Tallinder injured himself during warmups Thursday night.


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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.

Tags: Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Lineup Changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils

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.

Tags: Adam Larsson, Alexei Ponikarovsky, ANTON VOLCHENKOV, Devils, Devs, HENRIK TALLINDER, Ilya Kovalchuk, Lineup Changes, MARK FAYNE, New Jersey Devils, Pete Harrold, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Links: Pregame thread | Twitter | NHL.com recap

The slide continues for the Devils in what was possibly their worst overall effort of the slide. Far too little pressure and attacking between the first five minutes and the last five minutes, lackluster defensive play and obvious frustration were the main highlights to take away from tonight's game. Some thoughts...

Rock bottom: Did the Devils hit rock bottom during the second period tonight? Pete DeBoer certainly hopes they did. He said as much after the game and about halfway through the second period, it was hard to disagree with him. There were brutal defensive breakdowns -- repeatedly. There was an offense that failed to get more than two meaningful shots on Anders Lindback from the halfway point of the first period to the final seven minutes of the third period. There was mediocre goaltending, albeit by a goalie who was hung out to dry on multiple occasions (including the second and third goals) by the players in front of him. So what now? The Devils have to realize that this is about as bad as it can get. They Devils were beaten 5-2 by a team that's not better than them, but definitely outplayed them. They've lost six straight and eight out of their last nine. Perhaps most disturbing is that six of those eight losses were to teams that are currently outside of the playoff picture, which means the Devils aren't only losing ground among the middle-class teams in the East, they're also dropping future tiebreakers against the team they could end up battling for playoff spots. Tonight was the first of six home games in eight contests. It's where the Devils need to get back into playing their style of hockey or else this won't be rock bottom -- and that's a really, really bad thing.

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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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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.

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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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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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Yesterday, Martin Brodeur told French-Canadian journliast Renaud Lavoie that although Brodeur wouldn't pick himself for Team Canada, he would go to next February's Sochi Olympics if asked -- even as a third-string goalie. That got me to thinking, which Devils are destined to play for flag and country in a year's time? So, after looking at the Devils' current roster, here's an extremely early roundup of players I think will, could or won't get the call next year. Again, this is all my random guessing based on players I think have a shot. Here goes.

Definitely Sochi bound: Patrik Elias (Czech Republic), Ilya Kovalchuk (Russia), Anton Volchenkov (Russia)

As long as they keep this up: David Clarkson (Canada), Andy Greene (U.S.)

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Adam Larsson finally got a chance to dress Thursday night after Mark Fayne sustained a minor upper-body injury Tuesday against Boston. After taking a game off, Fayne says he's good to go, but what will Pete DeBoer do about Larsson?


This decision would like be a lot easier if Larsson had played terribly last night -- except the young Swede did just the opposite according to DeBoer, further complicating matters.

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