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Pandolfo, Oduya activated; Halischuk to Lowell

Saturday, 12.5.2009 / 2:14 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Pandolfo, Oduya activated; Halischuk to Lowell
The Devils have activated forward Jay Pandolfo and defenseman Johnny Oduya from injured reserve. Forward Matt Halischuk has been assigned to Lowell (AHL).

Both Pandolfo and Oduya will be in the lineup for Saturday's home matchup with Detroit.

Pandolfo has missed 17 games since injuring his shoulder at Pittsburgh on Oct. 24. The 34-year-old left wing had a goal and an assist in nine games this season, but spoke Saturday about easing back into action.

"You just try to keep it simple," he said. "First game back you try to keep it simple and do the little things right. If you do that, you can kind of get into the game a little easier than if you try to do too much."

Pandolfo and Oduya took part with three others in the optional morning skate, joining Matt Corrente, Andrew Peters and Yann Danis. On Friday, New Jersey edged Tampa Bay, 3-2, on Jamie Langenbrunner's goal with 38.1 seconds left in regulation.

They visit Buffalo on Monday, then return for a five-game homestand that includes three games in four nights beginning Wednesday versus Carolina.

Pandolfo's eager to get back at it.

"Once you start getting past a couple weeks, you’re just itching to get back," he said. "But then, once you wait that long, you want to make sure you’re feeling pretty good."

Oduya missed 15 games with a lower body injury. Last season he was one of five Devils to play in every game, and he recorded career highs across the board with seven goals and 22 assists for 29 points.

The 28-year-old rearguard said it often takes time for players to regain their form.

"It’s the regular feel for the game that you would have when you play every night," he said. "It’s probably the toughest part, I think. But it’s something that will come with playing more games. I’m trying not to worry too much about that, just go out and play, work hard and have fun. Try to get a win."

Halischuk, 21, returns to the Devils' top affiliate after registering his first NHL goal and adding an assist in 20 appearances. He has been recalled twice this season, and had been up with New Jersey since Nov. 4.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
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11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Palmieri 82 30 27 3 57
A. Henrique 80 30 20 10 50
T. Zajac 74 14 28 3 42
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
D. Severson 72 1 20 -8 21
R. Boucher 39 8 11 -13 19
D. Schlemko 67 6 13 -22 19
J. Moore 73 4 15 -12 19
A. Larsson 82 3 15 15 18
J. Blandisi 41 5 12 -14 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 27 25 6 .924 2.15
K. Kinkaid 9 9 1 .904 2.81
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