Todd Cordell: Devils Begin Schneider Era With A Clash Vs The Flyers

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Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Match-up – New Jersey Devils (0-0-0) @ Philadelphia Flyers (0-1-0) Road/Home records – 0-0-0 ————– 0-0-0 TV – MSG Plus, CSN-Philadelphia Puck drop – 7:00 p.m. ET Season series – 0-0 Projected starting goalies – Cory Schneider vs Steve Mason Projected lines for the Flyers:

Brayden Schenn – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek

Matt Read – Sean Couturier – Wayne Simmonds

Michael Raffl – Vincent Lecavalier – R.J. Umberger

Zac Rinaldo – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – Jason Akeson

Andrew MacDonald – Braydon Coburn

Nicklas Grossman – Mark Streit

Michael Del Zotto – Luke Schenn Projected lines for the Devils:

Mike Cammalleri – Travis Zajac – Jaromir Jagr

Martin Havlat – Patrik Elias – Dainius Zubrus

Ryane Clowe – Adam Henrique – Michael Ryder

Tuomo Ruutu – Stephen Gionta – Jordin Tootoo

Andy Greene – Damon Severson

Bryce Salvador – Marek Zidlicky

Jon Merrill – Eric Gelinas

Game notes:

– After forcing himself onto the team with an excellent preseason, Damon Severson will play on the top pairing in his first NHL game. He’ll have some leash, but he’s on a two-way deal so he’ll need to continue to impress if he wants to stay with the big club.

– Speaking of Severson, he and Andy Greene will likely draw the assignment of Claude Giroux’s line tonight. They weren’t at their best in Boston, so you can bet they’ll be looking to rebound and come out flying at home tonight. The Devils need to be ready.

– Pete DeBoer plans on using a three-headed monster down the middle with Travis Zajac, Patrik Elias and Adam Henrique each anchoring their own line. One of those lines is going to draw easier matchups, so they’ll need to take advantage of that.

– Cory Schneider will be making his first start of the post-Brodeur era in a building he’s never played in before. Again, the Flyers will have plenty of energy at home tonight and look to start off quickly, so he needs to be on his game.

– Generally goaltenders aren’t as good in the 2nd half of a back-to-back as they are during the 1st game, so the Devils need to test that theory and put pucks on Mason early and often.

– Jordin Tootoo likes to play fast and finish his checks, but he needs to make sure he doesn’t take a bad penalty trying to make an immediate impact. Spoon feeding Giroux and co. power plays is never a good idea. Recent posts Rotating the defense? Ranking the top-5 defensemen Ranking the top-5 wingers Ranking the top-5 centers Stanley Cup predictions How many Canadian teams will make the playoffs?

This post originally appeared on www.hockeybuzz.com and we thank them for permission to rebroadcast it here.

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