NEWARK, N.J. --
The New Jersey Devils
are hoping some home cooking will produce favorable results Tuesday when they host the Florida Panthers
in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series (7 p.m. ET, NHLN-US, TSN).
The fact the Devils closed the regular season with an 8-1-1 mark in their last 10 home games certainly plays into their advantage. But the team is just 4-9-0 in their last 13 postseason home games.
The club actually is 3-7 in playoff games at Prudential Center since moving to Newark in 2007-08.
"We have to create energy … it just doesn't come naturally," Devils forward Patrik Elias
said following practice Tuesday. "For the fans, they need to experience something special and we need to give them a reason to feel special."
Devils coach Peter DeBoer
isn't overly concerned by the fact home teams are a combined 8-14 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this spring.
"I don't know why [home teams have struggled], but we're looking forward to playing at home and getting that last change, being able to play in front of our home crowd," DeBoer said. "It's something we're certainly not looking to avoid. I don't think we play any differently whether we're home or on the road.
"I know our preparation isn't any different on the road than it is at home. Our identity is an in-your-face, take-away-time-and-space, be-on-top-of-you type of team. I can't speak for other teams, but that won't change for us."
DeBoer will keep the same lineup he used for the opening two games of the series, meaning rookie defenseman Adam Larsson
will be a healthy scratch for the eighth time in the last nine games, dating back to the regular season.
Here is the projected lineup for the Devils for Game 3:
- Travis Zajac
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Patrik Elias
- Dainius Zubrus
- Adam Henrique
- David Clarkson
- Stephen Gionta
- Steve Bernier
- Mark Fayne
- Marek Zidlicky
- Peter Harrold