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Projected lineups for Devils, Kings

by Curtis Zupke /
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Here's how the lineups are projected to look when the New Jersey Devils face the Los Angeles Kings tonight at the Staples Center:

Petr Sykora - Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Ilya Kovalchuk - Zach Parise - Nick Palmieri
Mattias Tedenby - Adam Henrique - David Clarkson
Rod Pelley - Brad Mills - Cam Janssen

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Henrik Tallinder - Adam Larsson
Bryce Salvador - Anton Volchenkov

Johan Hedberg will get the start in goal with Keith Kinkaid serving as the backup.

Parise will move from wing to center for the first time since his rookie season in the NHL because the Devils are without Travis Zajac and Jacob Josefson.

Parise played center when he was younger, "but college is a little different than the NHL," he said.

"It will be pretty different. I'm going to have to re-learn the position. Hopefully, D-zone coverage will be pretty simplified for me. Hopefully I won't be too lost."

New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer hasn't seen Parise with Ilya Kovalchuk but he likes the potential.

"On the face of it I see arguably two of the top 10 forwards in the world," DeBoer said. "You never know how chemistry is going to work, but I like the fact that both guys are world class players and we'll hope it works."

Sykora isn't feeling well and if he can't play, defenseman Mark Fraser will play at forward, DeBoer said.

Meanwhile, goalie Martin Brodeur came on the ice at the end of New Jersey's morning skate Tuesday and took shots, but DeBoer said he probably won’t play on this road trip.

The team brought Brodeur on the trip to get him some work after he suffered a right shoulder injury diving when he made blocker save on Alec Martinez during an Oct. 13 game against the Kings.

Simon Gagne - Anze Kopitar - Justin Williams
Dustin Penner - Mike Richards - Dustin Brown
Brad Richardson - Jarret Stoll - Ethan Moreau
Kyle Clifford - Trevor Lewis - Kevin Westgarth

Jack Johnson - Rob Scuderi
Willie Mitchell - Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez - Matt Greene

Jonathan Bernier will get the start in goal with Jonathan Quick, he of the three consecutive shutouts, serving as backup.

It appears that defenseman Drew Doughty probably won’t return until the latter half of the week.

Doughty wore a no-contact yellow jersey in practice Monday and coach Terry Murray indicated he'll probably have no contact for "another few days."

Doughty injured his right shoulder when he was hit by Philadelphia's Zac Rinaldo last Saturday. The team initially said he would be out 7-10 days.

"It's kind of out of my hands," Doughty said. "I know how I feel. But the trainers know what they're talking about, too, and they've seen these injuries so many times, so obviously I've got to listen to them."

There is no pressing need for Doughty to return. Voynov, a rookie, has taken his place.

"I definitely need to get some practice in with some contact before I play, so that's why I'm kind of assuming I won't play tomorrow," Doughty said.
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