Devils expect Rangers to come out flying

May, 14, 2012
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The Devils carried the momentum gained from their thrilling seven-game series victory over Florida in Round 1 into Round 2.

In the first period of Game 1 in Philadelphia, the Devils outshot the rusty Flyers, who were coming off a long layoff, 15-6 and got an early goal from Zach Parise.

The Devils lost that game, but were able to take the next four from Philadelphia and the series as well.

But while New Jersey was resting, the Rangers were playing their own thrilling seven-game series against Washington.

So do the Devils expect the Rangers to have a similar carry-over effect in the first period of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday night at MSG?

“Sure,” Devils coach Peter DeBoer responded when asked if there was any concern since his team hasn’t played since Tuesday.

“I thought coming off Game 7 double-overtime game [against Florida], I thought that first period in Philadelphia, we just carried over our Game 7 play, and I thought caught them standing still. They eventually took that game over due to some fatigue that I felt set in with us.

“The first period tonight is gonna be a dangerous period for us.”

The Rangers are 7-2 when scoring first in the postseason, so getting off to a good start is imperative if the Devils want to steal one on the road.

• DeBoer wouldn’t divulge his lineup, but it’s expected he’ll keep the same one he used in Game 5 in Philadelphia last round.

Parise-Elias-Clarkson
Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Kovalchuk
Sykora-Henrique-Zubrus
Carter-Gionta-Bernier

Zidlicky-Salvador
Greene-Fayne
Larsson-Volchenkov

Brodeur
Hedberg

• The Devils held an optional skate on Monday morning. Every player but Petr Sykora participated.

• Check out Craig Custance’s ESPN Insider blog on Martin Brodeur here.

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