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Devils coach Peter DeBoer shuffled his line combinations prior to Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Rangers and used them during Wednesday's morning skate, but said he isn't "married" to them and doesn't know if he'll use them by the drop of the puck.
Zach Parise moved up with Travis Zajac and Ilya Kovalchuk on the top line. The Devils used that line at the end of the season and in their first-round series against the Panthers.
The Rangers will likely counter with their shutdown defensive pairing of Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi.
"Obviously we didn't score a goal last game, so on offense, shuffling guys around is something we've done all year. I'm definitely not married to those combinations, and I'm not even sure we’re going to start with those combinations," said DeBoer, whose team lost 3-0 to the Rangers in Game 1 on Monday night at the Garden. "It's just something we decided to do in the morning."
The second line was made up of Petr Sykora, Patrik Elias and Dainius Zubrus, while Alexei Ponikarovsky, Adam Henrique and David Clarkson skated on the third line.
"We're fine," Elias said. "We've played with these line combinations for most of the year, and Pete feels like he needs to do something to get the momentum going. There's no issue with it. We're fine."
The fourth line of Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta and Steve Bernier remained the same.
"We wanna be a little more productive. That's why the lines were shaken up," Kovalchuk said. "We’ll see what happens [Wednesday night]."
The lines in Game 1: Parise-Elias-Clarkson; Ponikarovsky-Zajac-Kovalchuk; Sykora-Henrique-Zubrus; Carter-Gionta-Bernier
DeBoer wouldn’t confirm, but it appears that Peter Harrold will step into the lineup for rookie Adam Larsson on defense.
DeBoer said it was "an option" for him. He said if Larsson does come out, it wouldn't be a negative reflection of the way he has played. In five postseason games, the 19-year-old Swede has recorded one goal and a plus-3 rating.
Larsson was the first Devil on the ice on Wednesday morning, while Harrold worked the point on the team’s second power-play unit, indicated a move is likely.
"It looks like it," Harrold said. "We'll see. ... It's certainly better than watching, but I'm just hoping to get pucks through and make a difference on the offensive end."
Harrold would play with Anton Volchenkov on the third pairing. The other two pairings -- Andy Greene-Mark Fayne and Bryce Salvador-Marek Zidlicky -- stayed the same.
• According to the Bergen Record, Jacob Josefson and Henrik Tallinder practiced with the team's AHL squad on Wednesday. Both are making progress as they attempt to recover from injuries. No timetable has been slated for either's return. Josefson hopes to come back for the Rangers series.
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