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No lineup changes for New Jersey; Tallinder is available and could play this series

Jun 2, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

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After Game 1 there was some talk perhaps the Devils would make a switch in their defensive lineup. That won’t be the case, however, as coach Peter DeBoer addressed the media after the team’s morning skate saying there won’t be any changes for Game 2.

One player who is angling to get a start is defenseman Henrik Tallinder. Tallinder has been out since January 17 with a blood clot in his leg, but he’s been practicing with the team and is ready to play. DeBoer says he wouldn’t fear putting Tallinder into the lineup and says we might even see him before the finals are over.

“I do know this. I know he’s kept himself in great shape, he’s looked in practice, and before he went out he was a top two defenseman for us,” DeBoer said. “You hope you get the desired result [when he returns] but you never know.”

If the Devils manage to fall behind 2-0 in the series, Tallinder might get their shot to play.

  1. 1trojanlove - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Go Kings Go…. let’s get another huge win on the road!

  2. tackledummy1505 - Jun 2, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    I hope the Kings win, but FYI lowest rated Stanley Cup since 2009. lol That’s what the NHL gets for allowing the Trap with its holding and picks go without calling an actual penalty. Hockey should be played without watching grown men hugging each other lol. Maybe next year the refs can read the rule book and actually call penalties that make sense. Then the NHL wonders why it can’t beat out Football or Baseball

    • blomfeld - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:43 PM

      the reason the ratings are low this year is due entirely to Bettman’s kowtowing to Stern … this amount of time between games is ridiculous … and I suspect that any sport would suffer in terms of interest, given the same type of mismanagement …

      • blomfeld - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        whoops ! … I almost forgot …. :)

    • checkforecheck - Jun 2, 2012 at 4:37 PM

      You with the trap all the time. I can tell by the way you talk you’re a ranger fan. Barely a hockey fan, since it’s clear you don’t even know what the trap is.

      But its okay, live in your dream world. While your team lives on the golf course.

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