Trailing the New York Rangers 2-1 in the best-of-seven 2012 NHL Eastern Conference Finals, New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer has decided to “shuffle some things around” for Game 4.
The biggest shuffle is that center Jacob Josefson, out since April 3 with a fractured left wrist, will play for the first time on Monday night when New Jersey hosts Game 4.
“He finished the season very strong. The last three, four weeks of the season he was great. Fresh legs this time of year. You’re 15 games into a playoff run. Can never hurt,” DeBoer said. “And he’s been an effective guy for us, and we missed him while he was out.”
DeBoer will also shuffle some of his lines.
“We got shut out. We were trying to generate some offense. That’s been fairly common practice for us to move people around when we haven’t had success scoring goals,” DeBoer said. "I think the easy thing would be to stick with it and just hope you come out the next game, do the same thing and score.
“But we’ve decided to shuffle some things around, and I think we’ll get some results in that.”
We will find out Monday night if DeBoer is right.