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Like it or not, Devils are sticking with same lineup for Game 3

Jun 4, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

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The Devils have been close to victory in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup finals, but it’s felt like they’re so far away. With Game 3 being a pivotal, virtual must-win game tonight coach Peter DeBoer is sticking to his guns.

DeBoer told reporters this morning there will be no changes to the Devils lineup for tonight’s Game 3 (8:00 p.m. on NBCSN). While there was talk before Game 2 about Henrik Tallinder possibly making an appearance in the finals, it looks like it won’t be tonight.

With the Devils also looking for ways to put more than one puck per game past Jonathan Quick, Petr Sykora won’t be getting a shot either. Sykora was swapped out of the lineup during the Eastern Conference finals for Jacob Josefson, a move that paid off well against the Rangers, but with the Kings and Quick shutting down New Jersey, you wonder if they need something to spark the lineup again.

  1. dannymac17 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    like it or not, the Kings will then find a way to win.

    • dannymac17 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      i see the Devils fans are out in full effect this morning.

      Go kings.

  2. tackledummy1505 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Devils trap failing? Why? Because Quick is that good and the Devils only get so many chances to score. Still think its funny that this Stanley Cup Finals series is getting lower ratings than the 1st round Flyers/Penguins series. Which still proves that people like hockey, not a bunch of men grabbing each other and sitting on D

  3. jerseypatriot76 - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    I am surprised that Tallinder or Larsson is not playing in game three. Larsson provided the spark in game two in Philly and Tallinder while a little rusty is probably a better option Peter Harrold.

    Josefson has talent, but is rather snakebit when it comes to putting puck in the net. Sykora may be a better option because he knows this is probably his last chance to win another Cup.

    If you are coach Pete DeBoer, I’m not sure what you say to the team. They are a missed open net by Fayne and a inch or two of a crossbar away from NJ being up 2-0. I think if NJ stays aggressive and plays like they did during most of game two, they win game three. I don’t think the Devils will catch the Kings resting on their laurels thinking that the series is already over. Sutter won’t let that happen.

  4. frederick987 - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Should have kept Sykora. Joesphson has been out for quite a while, Sykora has delivered his share of game winning goals.

  5. frederick987 - Jun 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Fans of. NJ have been calling out to “Loose the Larson!”
    Larson. Provided a physical presence, and a high velocity shot on goal.

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