Found May 21, 2012 on centericechat.com:


New Jersey Devils coach Pete DeBoer is going with speed over experience with handing Jacob Josefson the start over Petr Sykora. Suffering from a wrist injury since early April, the Devils coach is hoping Josefson can makeup for where Sykora has been lacking. And that lacking is everything offensive with no goals or assists and just three shots in goal in the series. His last goal and assist came both on May 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers.  Jacob Josefson is shown here in a game against the New York Rangers earlier this season. Will he play a significant role in his return or remain buried in the lineup and the score sheet? It’s suspected that Josefson will play the third line. Here’s the possible pairings via NHL.com: Zach Parise – Travis Zajac – Dainius Zubrus; Patrik Elias – Adam Henrique – Ilya Kovalchuk; Alexei Ponikarovsky – Jacob Josefson – David Clarkson; Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta, Steve Barnier. Sykora rarely sees power play time, so whether or not Josefson will be able to get the chance to produce on special teams is uncertain. But he did log nearly 2 minutes per game on the PP in the regular season, although he never scored on the special teams unit. There’s a lot of focus on this move, which is less significant than it actually is. DeBoer is throwing the 2009 first-round pick and potential future top 6 forward of the team into the mix for his first playoff game in the NHL, because he sees potential, and, for now, Josefson is just a depth player replacing another depth player, who logged an average around 11 minutes, 30 seconds per game in this series. And, when you look at the big picture, this moves won’t solve any crisis the Devils are having with trying to get past Henrik Lundqvist. They’ve been able to just get three goals past him in Game 2, and shut out in the first and third. In seven career games against the Rangers, Josefson has registered one assist.   Matthew Wilson is editor of Center Ice Chat. Follow him on Twitter @Mattjw24. Be sure to also Like us on Facebook and to Follow our Tumblr page. If you'd like to contribute, or appear as a guest columnist, please email us at CenterIceChat@gmail.com.
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