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'Canes contemplate lineup changes

by Brian Compton / NHL.com
NEWARK -- Changes could be brewing for the Carolina Hurricanes as they are in dire need of a victory heading into Friday night's Game 2 against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RIS).

'Canes coach Paul Maurice would not divulge much information regarding moves to his lineup on Friday morning, but it is possible that veteran defenseman Frantisek Kaberle could get his first taste of the 2009 postseason. He had a goal and seven assists in 30 games for Carolina during the regular season.

"We'll move some guys in and around a little bit," Maurice said. "We probably didn't have anybody individually stand out worse than anybody else, but we've got some players we think can bring some jump and some legs into our lineup. I can't give you everything. Come to the warm-up." 

Barring other moves up front, the lines look like this: Tuomo Ruutu-Eric Staal-Erik Cole; Ray Whitney-Matt Cullen-Chad LaRose; Sergei Samsonov-Jussi Jokinen-Patrick Eaves; Tim Conboy-Rod Brind'Amour-Scott Walker. It is possible that Ryan Bayda, who had 12 points in 70 games, could be inserted into the lineup.

Whitney, who scored Carolina's lone goal Wednesday, has notched a point in six-consecutive games dating back to the regular season.

As expected, no changes will be made to New Jersey's lineup. Defenseman Johnny Oduya, who sat out Thursday's practice, will play Friday night. Devils coach Brent Sutter said earlier Friday that he has no concerns whatsoever about Oduya's health.

Perhaps the biggest concern for New Jersey is going to be its ability to hold off what is expected to be a furious offensive attack by the Hurricanes in the first 10 minutes. But Devils goalie Martin Brodeur sounded confident on Friday morning that his team will be up to the task.

"Every game, I think that's one of the things you look for," said Brodeur, who only saw 19 shots in Game 1. "I'm sure for them, they say the same thing; 'Let's just weather the storm early on.' We'll see how it's going to come out, but I think it's important for us to be disciplined early in the game so we don't give them any life."

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