-- New Jersey Devils
coach Pete DeBoer refused to show his hand two hours before faceoff in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series against the Philadelphia Flyers
at Wells Fargo Center.
DeBoer switched his top three lines around during the team's Saturday practice at AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark, N.J., in preparation for the Flyers but would not reveal to the media during his post-game availability whether or not those combinations would stick.
The coach promoted Alexei Ponikarovsky
from third-line duty to the top line alongside center Travis Zajac
and Ilya Kovalchuk
; Zach Parise
from the first line to the second with Patrik Elias
and Dainius Zubrus
; and Petr Sykora
from the second to third line with center Adam Henrique
and David Clarkson
"We're going to get through warm-ups and see how everyone feels and then make some decisions," DeBoer said. "I feel comfortable and think our group feels comfortable with where we're at, and we're excited to start."
When asked if his team is dealing with health issues, DeBoer smiled.
"You're always dealing with health issues this time of year," he said. "This will be a totally different series [than against Florida]. I know that we're familiar with each other and each knows the strengths and weaknesses. For me, that team with the most composure and smarts will win."
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