NEWARK, N.J. --
Devils coach Peter DeBoer
confirmed that Patrik Elias
and Henrik Tallinder
both won't play Tuesday night against the Rangers at Prudential Center. Elias is home sick and Tallinder will miss his third straight game with back spasms that cropped up as he was stretching prior to last Friday's game against Dallas.
will bump up to center the second line between Dainius Zubrus
and Petr Sykora. Tim Sestito
will get into the lineup and play on the fourth line between Eric Boulton
and Cam Janssen
Zajac made his season debut Friday after rehabbing from Achilles surgery in August. He also play against Saturday in Montreal and has averaged 15:28 of ice time in the two games, but will likely see that number rise against the Rangers.
"A couple of days off was good and I feel ready to go again (Tuesday)," Zajac said. "We want to take it day-by-day still for the next little while, but for now I feel great. I'm ready to play wherever I'm needed and whatever situation they need me to play in."
Zajac still doesn't think he'll play upwards of 19 or 20 minutes yet.
"We have enough guys that can play in enough situations," he told NHL.com. "I don't think they'll throw me into 19 minutes, or even 18, just yet."
DeBoer, though, said the Devils may not have a choice.
"Obviously it's a little sooner than we anticipated and probably more ice than we anticipated," DeBoer said. "We're asking a lot of him, so we'll have to monitor him and make sure he's OK."
DeBoer said Tallinder is getting better, but he's not quite ready to go just yet. Matt Taormina
will play in his second straight game.
The Devils' lines and defense pairings should look like this for the start of Tuesday's game:
- Adam Henrique
- Ilya Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora - Travis Zajac
- Dainius Zubrus
- Ryan Carter
- David Clarkson
- Tim Sestito
- Cam Janssen
- Mark Fayne
- Kurtis Foster
- Adam Larsson
will start in net. Johan Hedberg
will be the backup.
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