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Sestito to make postseason debut for Devils

Sunday, 05.06.2012 / 5:50 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / Flyers vs. Devils series blog

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Sestito to make postseason debut for Devils
NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils left wing Tim Sestito will make his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut on Sunday on the fourth line when his team plays host to the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal at Prudential Center.
 
Tim Sestito
Center - NJD
Goals: 0 | Assists: 0 | Pts: 0
Shots: 6 | +/-: -5
Sestito will replace Ryan Carter in the lineup. The official announcement came via the Devils' Twitter account almost two hours prior to the opening faceoff. Carter was receiving treatment earlier on Sunday during the team's morning optional skate at Prudential Center.
 
Sestito will play left wing with center Stephen Gionta and right wing Steve Bernier.
 
"[Tim] brings a lot to the table, he's a hard worker, great forechecker," Gionta said after Sunday's morning skate. "I played with him in Albany and he'd add a new dimension to the lineup [Sunday]."
 
In 18 regular-season games with the Devils this season, the 27-year-old Sestito had no points and a minus-5 rating. In 64 appearances with the Devils spanning three seasons, he has three assists and a minus-12 rating.
 
The fourth line for the Devils during the playoffs has been incredibly productive. Carter, Gionta and Bernier had combined for five goals and 10 points in 10 games together.

Here are the Devils' projected lines:

Zach Parise - Patrik Elias - David Clarkson
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Travis Zajac - Ilya Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora - Adam Henrique - Dainius Zubrus
Tim Sestito - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky
Anton Volchenkov - Adam Larsson
Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
 
Martin Brodeur
Johan Hedberg
 
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