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They won't be paired together. As coach John Tortorella said in today's paper, he wants to put Mike Lundin and Matt Smaby in situations in which they can have success by putting them with more veteran players. Still, it is notable the team will go with two rookies in its top six for tonight's game against the Devils.

Bypassed is Doug Janik, who had a fast start, literally, to camp as he was among the best -conditioned skaters on the team, but couldn't keep up with the newbies as preseason wore on.

Give him credit, though. Asked about the disappointment of not starting, he said, "Right now I'm disappointed I'm not playing. But if we're winning and things are going well, I'm always a team guy first and can honestly say I'll be happy with that. But as long as I'm here, I'm going to work as hard as I can to be ready if I do get a chance.''

That chance might not be long coming. Tortorella said Wednesday, the blue line could be rotated frequently until the final six pairings are shaken. Then perhaps it starts again when Dan Boyle returns.   

[Last modified: Sunday, August 16, 2009 4:38pm]


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