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Andrei Vasilevskiy starting in goal for Lightning

PA Parenteau to skate on Devils' first line, see power-play time

by Corey Long / NHL.com Correspondent

DEVILS (0-0-1) at LIGHTNING (1-0-0)

7 p.m. ET; SUN, MSG+ 2, NHL.TV

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy will make his first start of the season against the New Jersey Devils at Amalie Arena on Saturday.

Vasilevskiy, the No. 19 pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, started the final six games of the 2016 Eastern Conference Final against the Pittsburgh Penguins when starter Ben Bishop injured his ankle in Game 1.

Last season he went 11-10-0 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in 24 games. On July 1 he signed a three-year contract extension with the Lightning with an annual average value of $3.5 million.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper said that the plan has been to get Vasilevskiy at least one start during a season-opening four-game homestand and ideally wants him to start around 30 games this season.

"Vasilevskiy was hurt this time last year so Bishop played 14 straight or something like that," Cooper said. "We want to get [him] when we can while giving Bishop the work he needs to be as dominant as he is."

Bishop said he was fine with the night off and has full confidence in Vasilevskiy.

"You want to play them all," Bishop said. "But there's nothing wrong with a night off, especially when you've got a capable guy coming in. When you're playing 80-90 games a year they start to add up."

The Devils also are making lineup changes after their 2-1 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

PA Parenteau, who scored in the first period Thursday after being claimed off waivers Tuesday, will play on the top line with Taylor Hall and Travis Zajac.

Parenteau also will work on one of the power-play units after the Devils went 0-for-2 with the man-advantage Thursday. He has 33 career power-play goals.

"Our power play wasn't even close to good enough [Thursday]," Devils forward Adam Henrique said. "We weren't getting any pressure. You don't always have to score on the power play but you've got to get some pucks to the net and get some opportunities try to swing the momentum."

Devils coach John Hynes said that his players have to work harder to win pucks and hold possession, which is what they worked on during practice Friday.

"We worked on our forecheck and puck retrieval," Hynes said. "We worked on our defensive-zone coverage and being able to end plays quicker in the corners so we get of our zone and not spend so much time defending."

Cory Schneider will start in goal for New Jersey.

Video: NJD@FLA: Schneider denies Jagr with blocker

 

Devils projected lineup

Taylor Hall -- Travis Zajac -- PA Parenteau

Michael Cammalleri -- Adam Henrique -- Kyle Palmieri

Beau Bennett -- Pavel Zacha -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Miles Wood -- Vernon Fiddler -- Blake Speers

John Moore -- Ben Lovejoy

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

Kyle Quincey -- Yohann Auvitu

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Reid Boucher, Jacob Josefson, Steven Santini

Injured: Jon Merrill (finger), Sergey Kalinin (illness), Luke Gazdic (foot)

 

Lightning projected lineup

Ondrej Palat -- Steven Stamkos -- Jonathan Drouin

Alex Killorn -- Tyler Johnson -- Nikita Kucherov

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Valtteri Filppula -- Brayden Point

Cedric Paquette -- Brian Boyle -- J.T. Brown

Victor Hedman -- Anton Stralman

Jason Garrison -- Andrej Sustr

Nikita Nesterov -- Braydon Coburn

Andrei Vasilevskiy

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Slater Koekkoek

Injured: Ryan Callahan (hip)

 

Status Report

Callahan was in a regular jersey for practice Friday but Cooper said not to read too much into that. He said he's hopeful Callahan will be back in the lineup in early November. … Bennett, a healthy scratch on opening night, replaces Josefson in the lineup. … Parenteau was on a power-play unit with Cammalleri, Zacha, Smith-Pelly and Auvitu.

 

Who's Hot

Drouin had a goal and an assists in the Lightning's 6-4 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. … Auvitu had an assist in his NHL debut Thursday against the Florida Panthers.

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