SUNRISE, Fla. —
The New Jersey Devils
and Florida Panthers
both held an optional morning skate in advance of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series Sunday at the BankAtlantic Center.
Both coaches said there would be no lineup changes from Game 1, which was won by New Jersey 3-2.
That means that Panthers forward Tomas Fleischmann
and Ed Jovanovski
, who both sat out Saturday’s practice in what coach Kevin Dineen
termed a “maintenance day,” will be available.
, who stopped 35 of 38 shots Friday, again will be in net for the Panthers.
Fleischmann and Jovanovski were among eight Panthers players not on the ice Sunday morning, although defenseman Brian Campbell
skated on his own beforehand.
For the Devils, defenseman Bryce Salvador
was the only player who didn’t take part in the optional skate.
Former Devils head coach Jacques Lemaire
, who lives in South Florida, watched the workout from the stands alongside general manager Lou Lamoriello.
New Jersey held an optional practice Saturday, with nine players participating.
“I’ve taken the approach with our group, I don’t believe there’s any such thing as too much rest,” coach Pete DeBoer said in explaining the optional workouts. “Our history over the last half of the season was when we’re rested, we play well. When fatigue gets set in a little bit for us, we don’t. We’re going to control that the best we can. We also have a lot of veterans in that room that know their bodies a lot better than I do.
“The trust is they know their body better than I do and I trust that they’ll be ready to go tonight.”
Here are the projected lineups for Game 2:
NEW JERSEY DEVILS
- Travis Zajac
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Patrik Elias
- Dainius Zubrus
- Adam Henrique
- David Clarkson
- Stephen Gionta
- Steve Bernier
- Mark Fayne
- Marek Zidlicky
- Peter Harrold
- Stephen Weiss
- Kris Versteeg
- Marcel Goc
- Mikael Samuelsson
- Shawn Matthias
- Wojtek Wolski
- John Madden
- Tomas Kopecky
- Brian Campbell
- Mike Weaver
- Erik Gudbranson