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Stanley Cup final: No changes for Devils in Game Two

NEWARK, N.J. -- Devils coach Peter DeBoer confirmed after their morning workout that he's not making any personnel changes tonight for Game Two of the Stanley Cup final. There was speculation he might tweak his lineup after the Kings won the first game in overtime.

DeBoer hinted that former Sabres defenseman Henrik Tallinder, who has been sidelined since Jan. 17 with a blood clot behind his left knee, could be inserted at some point. Tallinder was a top two defenseman but played only 39 games during the regular season. He has been skating for nearly three weeks after getitng medical clearance. 

"You might see him if as the series goes forward here," DeBoer said.

DeBoer confirmed Tallinder will travel with the Devils to Los Angeles for the third and fourth games of the series, which raised questions about whether flying would be a concern. Blood clots have been associated with sitting for long stretches, which is common when you travel.

"Sure, you worry about it," DeBoer said. "Our doctors and trainers and him have a comfort level or he wouldn't be travelling with us. It's definitely an issue. I think a lot of people point to airplane flight as a cause for that."

--- Bucky Gleason


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