With the New Jersey Devils struggling to score goals through the first four games, head coach Pete DeBoer has decided to change his lines for tonight's game against San Jose.
Despite averaging 31 shots per game this season, the Devils are ranked 29th in the NHL with 1.75 goals per game. Zach Parise and Patrik Elias have been skating with Petr Sykora, but DeBoer has moved Sykora down to the third line for tonight's game. Here are the lines the team practiced with this morning, according to Tom Gulitti.
Parise - Elias - ZubrusKovalchuk - Josefson - PalmieriTedenby - Sykora - ClarksonBoulton - Pelley - Mills
There is no word on who will play center on the first line, but it all points to Elias getting his first start of the year at the position. Zubrus had previously been the second line center with Kovalchuk, but Kovy will now be paired with youngsters Jacob Josefson and Nick Palmieri.
Parise and Elias have thrived together this season, reaching double digits in shots on goal ...