-- While there was no official announcement made by New Jersey Devils
coach Pete DeBoer following his team's optional skate Sunday morning at Prudential Center, there's a good possibility forward Tim Sestito
will replace Ryan Carter
on the fourth line for Game 4 against the Philadelphia Flyers
in their Eastern Conference Semifinal.
Carter, who was apparently receiving treatment, did not skate on Sunday. There was no equipment at his locker stall following practice, and Sestito was moved beside usual fourth line center Stephen Gionta
and right wing Steve Bernier
"I think the chances of him playing look pretty good," Gionta said. "[Tim] brings a lot to the table, he's a hard worker, great forechecker. I played with him in Albany and he'd add a new dimension to the lineup [Sunday]."
If the 27-year-old Sestito is inserted into the lineup, he would be making his Stanley Cup playoff debut. In 18 regular-season games this season, Sestito had no points and a minus-5 rating. In 64 appearances with the Devils, 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 have combined for five goals and 10 points in 10 games together.
Here are the probable line combinations for Game 4:
- Patrik Elias
- David Clarkson
- Travis Zajac
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Adam Henrique
- Dainius Zubrus
- Stephen Gionta
- Steve Bernier
- Marek Zidlicky
- Adam Larsson
- Mark Fayne
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