Report: Devils shuffle lines

November, 2, 2011
The Bergen's Record's Tom Guilitti reports that the Devils are doing some line shuffling for Wednesday night's game against Toronto.

Here are the adjusted combinations:

Zach Parise-Adam Henrique-Ilya Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora-Patrik Elias-Dainus Zubrus
Mattias Tedenby-Ryan Carter-David Clarkson
Cam Janssen-Brad Mills-Nick Palmieri

Analysis: Henrique has been playing well of late, so here's his opportunity to play with two of the best forwards in the NHL. Coach Peter DeBoer clearly wanted to move Parise back to his natural position, and feels like Kovalchuk can get it going playing on the right side -- even though he'll be playing out of position. The Russian sniper hasn't scored in his last five games, and has no points since being paired with Parise. As you can see, they didn't want to break up their second line, which is has shown great chemistry on the ice. Not sure about these moves, but given that the Devils haven't been scoring, why not?

Eric Boulton remains out with a sore right hand. "He's not ready yet. He's close," DeBoer said.

Mike Mazzeo

ESPN New York Writer



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