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Devils sticking with Hedberg against Lightning

by Staff

NEWARK, N.J. - New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer will go right back to veteran goalie Johan Hedberg between the pipes on Tuesday when his team hosts the Tampa Bay Lightning at Prudential Center.

"He deserves to play," DeBoer said. "I think when you get away from the game, and you watch it back and reflect on it, our issues have come down to the fact we're not putting the puck in the net at the other end and that magnifies everything for us."

The Devils have been outscored 18-9 over the past five games (0-4-1).

"I thought [against Toronto on Monday] we could have been up 3-2 or 3-0 at the end of two periods, and then nothing would be magnified because you win going away," DeBoer said. "But when you're not putting the puck in the net, your margin of error gets really small and you end up being in the games we've been in lately. We've got a find a way."

Hedberg has struggled the past five games as the starter in the absence of injured Martin Brodeur, who's out with back soreness. He's allowed 18 goals, including 12 at even strength. The 39-year-old Hedberg is actually 0-5-1 in his past six starts for the Devils, with a 3.83 goals-against average and .850 save percentage.

Despite those numbers, DeBoer said he never even considered starting backup Keith Kinkaid.

While there is no change in goal, DeBoer will insert Cam Janssen into the lineup. Janssen was recalled from the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Albany on Tuesday morning and will replace rookie Stefan Matteau (one goal, three points). Janssen had been placed on waivers on Jan. 30. The 28-year-old right wing played in three of the Devils' first five games of the season, averaging 3:53 in ice time with no points or penalty minutes.

"I'm just hoping [Janssen] can provide energy, fresh legs," DeBoer said.

DeBoer was also asked for an update on Brodeur.

"He did not skate this morning," he said. "I understand he's been seeing doctors through the weekend."

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