During the team's morning skate, DeBoer flipped centermen Travis Zajac and Adam Henrique. Zajac was working the top unit alongside Dainius Zubrus and Ilya Kovalchuk. Henrique, meanwhile, was between Patrik Elias and David Clarkson. Henrique skated with Zubrus and Kovalchuk in New Jersey's 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Sunday.
Elias was asked what makes Zajac and Henrique unique.
"Right now, Travis is more responsible defensively, and that's what he has always put an emphasis on," Elias told NHL.com. "Ricco still takes chances offensively as a center guy, and that's fine, but he's just got to realize who you're playing with.
"Both are good with the puck. They're not going to go in and finish a check with a big hit, but they're quick to get off the puck and strong. In that way, they are very similar."
Henrique, who will be playing his fourth game since returning from thumb surgery, said there are areas in his game that he needs to improve.
"I still want to be consistent every night in all areas of the game by doing the little things right: chipping the puck in and chipping the puck out," Henrique said. "I've got to take care of my own end. I feel I can improve in the offensive zone, hanging onto the puck and controlling it down low. I feel that will come with experience."
Zubrus agrees with Henrique's personal assessment.
"I think Travis has that experience," Zubrus told NHL.com. "Thing is, Travis is one of the better two-way players in the League in his own zone and down low. He's good in the battles and in scrums with the puck. Travis is almost like our [Patrice] Bergeron from Boston [Bruins]. He wins faceoffs. His value is tough to describe because he's good in so many areas."
Here are the possible line combinations for the Devils: