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Rolston, Madden skate in Monday's practice

Monday, 12.1.2008 / 2:12 PM ET / News
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Rolston, Madden skate in Monday\'s practice
Rolston said Monday he's ready to return.
newjerseydevils.com – After six weeks on the shelf, Brian Rolston feels ready to return to the Devils' lineup.

Rolston skated with the team in Monday's practice at AmeriHealth Pavilion, as did John Madden, who has been sidelined for four games with a sore foot suffered Nov. 20 versus Florida.

"I feel OK," Rolston said. "I'm just going to get sharper as practices go on, catching passes and things like that. For the most part it felt good, and I'm shooting for Thursday [at Philadelphia]. I haven't talked to anybody, the coaches, about that but... I'm expecting to go and play on Thursday. We'll make that decision in the next couple of days, I'm sure."

Rolston, signed as a free agent on July 1, has missed 18 games with an ankle sprain sustained Oct. 16 at Atlanta. A member of the Devils' 1995 Stanley Cup championship, Rolston was brought back to New Jersey for his booming slapshot on the power play. He has a goal and an assist in four appearances this season.

"Let's see how they practice, and see how things progress over the next two days," Devils head coach Brent Sutter said of his two recovering forwards. "After you've gone through what we've gone through for the past two months, you keep your guard up. You just never know what can happen. It's optimism, let's put it that way. Let's see what transpires here over the next few days."

Rolston had been skating on his own before Monday, and was the first in a long line of Devils to catch the injury bug. Bobby Holik (broken pinkie) has been out since Oct. 18, and four-time Vezina Trophy winner Martin Brodeur needed surgery to repair a biceps tendon he tore on Nov. 1. Andy Greene has been out of action since Oct. 29 with a broken hand. New Jersey has lost 81 man-games to injury.

The Devils ended November on a sour note Saturday, when their season-high five-game winning streak was snapped with a 4-1 loss at Pittsburgh. The club closes out its five-game road trip this Saturday in Montreal and returns for a three-game homestand beginning Wednesday, Dec. 10 against the Penguins.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59