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11/19 Practice recap: Devils mix up lines in Minnesota

New Jersey shakes up forward lines at practice

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein /

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - A practice in Minnesota on Sunday afternoon revealed quite a bit about where the New Jersey Devils are. 

Having gone 1-1-1 three games into a four-game trip, coach John Hynes is looking to spark his lineup.

Tweet from @amandacstein: Lots of changes here at #NJDevils practice.

Pavel Zacha will make his return to the lineup after sitting out the last two games as a healthy scratch on Monday against the Wild. Zacha practiced up on the second line with Jesper Bratt on the left wing and Travis Zajac at center Sunday.

Hynes hopes Zacha was able to watch the team's recent games from the press box and learn a thing or two about how he needs to play to remain in the lineup.

"How hard you need to compete," Hynes said. "How consistently you have to compete. It's a league where you have to move your feet and play, and for a guy like him who has offensive talent, he can't wait for the puck to come to him. The way the game is today you have to really work without it, to get it back." 

The top line remains the same, while every other line has a different look to it. Drew Stafford drops down to left wing on the third line with Miles Wood and Brian Boyle. But most notably would be Adam Henrique on the fourth line on Blake Coleman's left wing, while Brian Gibbons is on the right side. 

"I think if you look at the month of October," said Hynes, "Adam is a guy that we feel when he is playing his best hockey can help drive your team. He's on the puck, he's creating chances, he's a threat to play against. Skating and moving his feet. When he does that he's an excellent, excellent player and we would just like to see a little bit more of that."

Tweet from @NJDevils: Back to work in Minnesota!

Stefan Noesen, Jimmy Hayes and Dalton Prout all did extra work after practice, a pretty good indication that they will be the healthy scratches against the Wild. 

Whether Cory Schnedier or Keith Kinkaid starts against the Wild is yet to be determined. Hynes said he would be speaking with his coaching staff after practice to come up with the decision.

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