After Game 1 there was some talk perhaps the Devils would make a switch in their defensive lineup. That won’t be the case, however, as coach Peter DeBoer addressed the media after the team’s morning skate saying there won’t be any changes for Game 2.
One player who is angling to get a start is defenseman Henrik Tallinder. Tallinder has been out since January 17 with a blood clot in his leg, but he’s been practicing with the team and is ready to play. DeBoer says he wouldn’t fear putting Tallinder into the lineup and says we might even see him before the finals are over.
“I do know this. I know he’s kept himself in great shape, he’s looked in practice, and before he went out he was a top two defenseman for us,” DeBoer said. “You hope you get the desired result [when he returns] but you never know.”
If the Devils manage to fall behind 2-0 in the series, Tallinder might get their shot to play.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.