When you’re down three games to none in the Stanley Cup finals, lineup adjustments are to be expected. And as he has done all playoffs, Devils coach Pete DeBoer made the right moves Wednesday night as the Devils beat the Kings 3-1 in Game 4 to force Game 5 Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark.
DeBoer took out defenseman Peter Harrold and inserted Henrik Tallinder, and, perhaps more importantly, scratched Jacob Josefson and inserted Petr Sykora.
“He [Sykora] is obviously a very experienced player,” Devils winger Dainius Zubrus said Thursday. “Me, him and Patty [Elias] played [on the same line] pretty much for most of the season. His experience. He knows where to be, how to score, and that way, we read off each other.”