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Josefson in for Devils; Miettinen making season debut

Sunday, 02.24.2013 / 3:53 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

NEWARK, N.J. -- Both the New Jersey Devils and Winnipeg Jets will have fresh faces in the lineup Sunday night after they each suffered tough losses Saturday.

The Devils, who were beaten 5-1 in Washington on Saturday, will welcome back center Jacob Josefson, who was recalled from Albany of the American Hockey League earlier in the day. Ryan Carter was put on injured reserve retroactive to Feb. 18 to make room for Josefson, who was sent down to Albany a week ago after he managed only one assist and a minus-8 rating in 15 games.

Josefson will play center on the third line with Stephen Gionta moving to the wing. Devils coach Peter DeBoer said rookie Stefan Matteau "is a little banged up," so he will sit.

"We've rolled four lines for most games here, at least early, so he's gotta make the most of his opportunity," DeBoer said of Josefson.

The Jets, who blew a two-goal lead and lost 5-3 in Philadelphia on Saturday, will have forwards Antti Miettinen and Anthony Peluso in the lineup. Miettinen will be making his season debut while Peluso will be playing in just his second game of the season.

Miettinen, who will play on a line with James Wright and fellow Finn Olli Jokinen, hasn't played this season due to an upper-body injury he suffered in training camp. He had 13 points in 45 games with the Jets last season.

"I would just like him to play steady," Jets coach Claude Noel told NHL.com. "He's a reliable player, very conscientious defensively. I hope he's able to create some chemistry with Jokinen. We'll see. He's had no practice time with Jokinen so it's something that is going to have to get formulated during the game, but they're both veteran players.

"If Miettinen can be a reliable player, we can trust him and keep up with Jokinen and Wright I think we'll be OK."

Special teams will be interesting to watch Sunday.

The Devils' penalty kill has allowed 12 power play goals over the past eight games, but the Jets are 0-for-21 on the power play in their past eight games.

Winnipeg is also last in the NHL on the penalty kill.

"The thing we have to do more than anything is we have to get net front presence, that's very clear for us," Noel said of how the Jets' can turn their power-play struggles around. "We need to get somebody in front of the net that makes their goaltender work and struggle to find pucks. If we don't have that [Martin] Brodeur likely is going to stop those shots. That's the biggest thing.

"The other thing is we've gotta rotate it to the top and we've gotta get shots through. If we don't do that we'll be on the outside looking in."

When asked why the Devils, who were first in the NHL on the penalty kill last season, have been struggling in shorthanded situations of late, DeBoer gave credit to the opposition.

"Washington has got a very good power play and they did a real good job," he said. "The Islanders have a real good power play and they did a good job. You know, that's happening. When you have a good PK for an extended period like we've had here over the last year and a bit teams pay particular attention to it in breaking down. We've seen some of that."

DeBoer,though, cautioned that the Devils can't start looking at the Jets' struggles on the power play and think that will help them get their problematic penalty kill worked out.

"I'm more worried about us and our game than where they are in the standings. If you start looking at where other teams are ranked in different situations, that's a surefire way, I think, of getting burned."

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