by Patrick Hoffman on 04/28/09 at 03:05 PM ET
From Colin Stephenson at The Star-Ledger:
The Hurricanes’ top player had two goals and an assist in Game 6, so shutting down his line obviously will be one of the keys for the Devils in Game 7.
“It still comes down to how individuals are going to play against him,” Devils coach Brent Sutter said Monday. “Obviously, it’s different there, because they do have the last line change—and hey, he’s an elite-level player. You have a tremendous amount of respect for how he plays, and you certainly have to pay a lot of attention to him when he’s on the ice.”
Besides having the crowd on their side, the Devils get the advantage at home Tuesday night of having the last line change on play stoppages, which should make it much easier for them to get the matchups they want. In the games at the Prudential Center, Sutter has generally sought to put the line of Jay Pandolfo, John Madden and Brendan Shanahan—and the defense pair of Colin White and Mike Mottau—on the ice every time Staal is out for the Hurricanes.
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