NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils
will go for their third straight win and a berth in the Stanley Cup Final on Friday with the same lineup that was good enough to win Games 4 and 5. The lines will not change, either, as the Devils look to close out the New York Rangers
in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals at Prudential Center (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).
The Devils are 2-0 in the playoffs when they have an opportunity to close out a team, having beaten the Panthers in Game 7 of the first round and the Flyers in Game 5 of the conference semifinals.
Devils coach Peter DeBoer
changed his lines after the team failed to score a goal in Game 3, and his re-shuffling worked as they won 4-1 in Game 4. He stuck with it in Game 5 and it was good enough for a 5-3 win, even though the Devils felt they were outplayed for large portions of the game and were lucky to get out of Madison Square Garden with a win.
The Devils' fourth line contributed two goals, one each from Stephen Gionta
and Ryan Carter
. Travis Zajac
, Patrik Elias
and Zach Parise
also scored. The only line that did not contribute a goal or a point was the third line of Jacob Josefson
, Alexei Ponikarovsky
and David Clarkson
. However, Ponikarovsky and Josefson each had an assist in Game 4.
Here is the Devils expected lineup for Game 6:
- Travis Zajac
- Dainius Zubrus
- Adam Henrique
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Jacob Josefson
- David Clarkson
- Stephen Gionta
- Steve Bernier
- Marek Zidlicky
- Mark Fayne
- Anton Volchenkov
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