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Devils notes 11.8.10

Brodeur, Rolston improving; Tedenby recalled from Albany

Monday, 11.08.2010 / 11:10 AM / News
By Eric Marin
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Devils notes 11.8.10
Brodeur still getting back to full strength.
Martin Brodeur didn't practice Monday, but reported that his bruised right elbow felt "30 percent" better than it had the day before.

Brodeur was hurt last week by a Patrick Kane shot in Chicago. He couldn't go against the Rangers on Friday, but hasn't ruled out facing the Sabres on Wednesday.

"It's doing better, just a little too sore still to play," Brodeur said. "I tried this morning just holding my stick, and I'm still not really comfortable with it. A little more time, I guess. It's right on the bone, there's barely any swelling, nothing."

The four-day break in the schedule couldn't have come at a better time. Brodeur plans on seeing how the elbow feels Tuesday morning.

"For sure, if we had played three games in four nights, it would've been tough – I would've missed everything," he said. "There's no way I could've gotten myself ready for a game (last) weekend. Hopefully, we'll have some improvement today and tomorrow."

X-rays in Chicago were negative, and a meeting with Devils doctors confirmed that there's no fracture. Brodeur has already noticed some improvement.

"Now I'm able to take my blocker and really do everything I want with my blocker without a stick," he explained. "Now I want to see how it's going to respond. I've been treating it every day and hopefully that sharp pain will go away and I'll be able to suck it up and play."

Though it's uncertain whether he'll practice Tuesday. Brodeur said he would need at least Wednesday's morning skate to test the elbow.

"I don't want to get out there and there's a little play and I can't make it and my defenseman's confused because I can't play the puck the same," he said. "I have to be the same when I go out there. Same thing when I hurt my other arm. It was being so I don't have think about that injury when I played hockey. It's just not the right way for a goalie to play the game."

For now, head coach John MacLean can only wait and see how Brodeur feels each day.

"We'll evaluate him in the morning and see if he feels better," MacLean said. "He felt better today than he did yesterday, so that's a positive."

No update yet on the status of defenseman Colin White, who has not practiced since missing Friday's game with the flu.

"You get rundown sometimes on those (western) trips," MacLean said. "Hopefully, we'll get to see him tomorrow and see how he is. It's day-to-day."

Rolston feeling good since return to practice.
Rolston closer to a return
Brian Rolston has been feeling good in practice, but still plans on taking it one day at a time. The left wing underwent sport hernia surgery on Oct. 14 and has missed 13 games.

"I felt better than I did yesterday," he said, adding, "I'll just keep going along. I got a little power play time there. You have to get used to the speed of the game, that's for sure. It's little by little every day, and that felt good today." 

Rolston was injured in the second game of the season, and doesn't want to rush his recovery.

"I want to be a player that's going to have an impact when I come back," he said. "I don't want to come back and not be at 100 percent. I want to be at 100 percent, and I think I'm getting close. You just take how you feel on a daily basis, I think."

MacLean has liked what he's seen from Rolston in practice.

"He's skating well, he's got good energy out there," said the coach. "It's going to be how he feels as we go on here. With this, you just have to wait and see how you feel the next day. Positive signs, and we'll go from there."

Like any injured player, Rolston is eager to get back into the lineup. He's seen the Devils go 4-9-0 without him, but said the team has to stay positive through this tough start.

"We can't be doom and gloom because that's not going to get us anywhere," said Rolston.

Tedenby gets the call
In only 15 games this season, the Devils have seen seven players make their NHL debut. There could be an eighth this week after the club recalled rookie Mattias Tedenby from Albany (AHL).

Tedenby practiced at right wing Monday on a line with Patrik Elias and Jason Arnott.

"Of course, I'm happy to be here," Tedenby said. "This is a goal and a dream. I'm going to work hard, play my game. It's going to be fun."

New Jersey's first-rounder in 2008, Tedenby has three goals, including two on the power play, in 10 AHL games. During the preseason, he posted one assist in four games.

In Albany, Tedenby has skated with Adam Henrique and Matt Anderson, and the experience with the A-Devils has been a bonus for the 20-year-old Swede.

"It's helped me to get used to the North American-style hockey: small rink, quick game," he said. "A lot of gambling in front of the net."

Tedenby doesn't know if he'll be in the lineup on Wednesday.

"Let's see," he said. "I'm just glad to be here. If I get a chance, I'm just going to work hard."




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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


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
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51


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