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Preview: Devils at Sharks

Kyle Palmieri out for New Jersey; Daniel O'Regan to make NHL debut for San Jose

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

DEVILS (9-5-3) at SHARKS (9-8-1)

10:30 p.m. ET; MSG+, CSN-CA, NHL.TV

 

Devils team scope

New Jersey Devils second-line right wing Kyle Palmieri won't play because of an upper-body injury. He was on the ice Monday briefly before leaving the morning skate. The Devils were already missing forwards Taylor Hall, who is recovering from left knee surgery, and Michael Cammalleri, who has missed the past five games for personal reasons. "When you play with strong structure and you have a strong system and you get into injury situations, it's easy to plug and play because everyone knows the responsibilities," coach John Hynes said. "You still have a strong structure. You still play the detail, play a real strong team game. That's what we're about." Backup goaltender Keith Kinkaid will make his fourth start of the season. He's 2-0-1 with a 1.86 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage and hasn't started since Nov. 11 when he made 25 saves in a 2-1 overtime win against the Buffalo Sabres. In his only career start against the San Jose Sharks, Kinkaid had a 30-save shutout in a 3-0 victory at SAP Center on March 10 last season. "I just want to building off my last start and the start to the season and keep it going," Kinkaid said. "Keep getting the wins. That's what ultimately matters."

 

Sharks team scope

The Sharks placed third-line center Tomas Hertl (lower body) on injured reserve and recalled center Daniel O'Regan from the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. Hertl was injured Thursday in the second period against the St. Louis Blues. Hertl, who appeared to hurt his right knee in a collision with Blues forward Jori Lehtera, had surgery on that same knee as a rookie two seasons ago and injured it in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final last season against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said he doesn't know whether Hertl will need surgery or how long he'll be out. O'Regan, 22, will make his NHL debut, centering the fourth line. He's tied for the Barracuda team lead in points with 11. The Sharks drafted him in the fifth round (No. 138) in the 2012 NHL Draft. "It's really just a dream come true," said O'Regan, whose parents and sister will attend the game. "I've been dreaming of this opportunity for my whole life. I'm just really excited."

 

Devils projected lineup

Beau Bennett -- Travis Zajac -- PA Parenteau

Reid Boucher -- Adam Henrique -- Nick Lappin

Jacob Josefson -- Pavel Zacha -- Devante Smith-Pelly

Sergey Kalinin -- Vernon Fiddler -- Blake Pietila

Andy Greene -- Damon Severson

John Moore -- Kyle Quincey

Jon Merrill -- Ben Lovejoy

Keith Kinkaid

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Michael Cammalleri (personal reasons)

Injured: Taylor Hall (left knee), Yohann Auvitu (upper body), Kyle Palmieri (upper body)

 

Sharks projected lineup

Patrick Marleau -- Joe Thornton -- Joe Pavelski

Joonas Donskoi -- Logan Couture -- Joel Ward

Mikkel Boedker -- Chris Tierney -- Matt Nieto

Micheal Haley -- Daniel O'Regan -- Tommy Wingels

Paul Martin -- Brent Burns

Marc-Edouard Vlasic -- Justin Braun

Brenden Dillon -- David Schlemko

Martin Jones

Aaron Dell

Scratched:  Dylan DeMelo, Kevin Labanc

Injured: Tomas Hertl (lower body), Melker Karlsson (left ankle)

 

Status report

Auvitu skated but will miss his third straight game. ... Hynes said he doesn't know whether Cammalleri will rejoin the team when it returns to New Jersey after completing its four-game road trip Monday. ... Labanc will be a healthy scratch after starting six straight games to begin his NHL career. ... Karlsson will miss his fourth straight game but skated on his own Monday and is day to day. ... Marleau will skate on the top line with Thornton and Pavelski. He moved from the third line to Thornton's line in the third period of a 3-2 overtime loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. 

 

Who's hot

Wingels has three goals, including two game-winners, in his past five games. ... Pavelski has a goal and an assist in his past two games. ... Moore has two goals and an assist in his past four games.

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