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Rolston, Madden skate in Monday's practice

Monday, 12.01.2008 / 2:12 PM / 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.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51