Expect more lineup changes for Devils in Game 3 vs. Lightning
New Jersey Local | 1 week ago

Lineup changes should be coming on Monday as the Devils will aim to get back into their first-round Stanley Cup Playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Following back-to-back losses in Game 1 and Game 2, putting the Devils in a 2-0 series hole, coach John Hynes will look for something to spark his team in Game 3 at 7:30 p.m. on Monday at Prudential Center in Newark.

The Devils have gotten pockets of strong play in their two games, but the Lightning have been able to capitalize on the lulls. After making one lineup change between Games 1 and 2, where Damon Severson entered for Brian Gibbons to let the Devils dress seven defensemen, Hynes expects to shake things up more in Game 3.

"There's some guys that just haven't performed well enough to warrant staying in the lineup," Hynes said. "In the playoffs, you have to have guys that are going to come in and make a contribution, whether it's how hard they play offensively, defensively. So I think we need a little more from some guys. We will make some lineup changes."

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Those changes won't come until Monday's morning skate, after Hynes meets with the team and makes those final lineup decisions. The coach did make his goalie decision on Sunday, but he had not talked to either Keith Kinkaid or Cory Schneider yet, so that decision will be revealed Monday as well.

Hynes reiterated on Sunday three areas where he needs to see Devils clean up; penalty discipline, special teams and costly mistakes to give the Lightning dangerous scoring chances.

"What we've learned from the first two games, really, is that we can't give them free offense," Hynes said. "I think there's been some breakdowns or some decisions that have been able to give them some free looks to be able to score, and they're a high-end scoring team. We have to tighten up in those areas. Our penalty discipline has to be better. Our special teams have to take it up a notch."

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