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Langenbrunner returns to practice

Tuesday, 11.30.2010 / 11:01 AM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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The surging Devils are a step closer to welcoming Jamie Langenbrunner back to the lineup. The captain, who has missed the last eight games, returned to practice with the team Tuesday morning and skated with Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac.

Langenbrunner is a possibility for Thursday's home matchup with Montreal. The Devils visit Philadelphia on Saturday for a 1 p.m. matinee with Flyers.

"We’ll see how [Wednesday] feels after taking another step and getting banged a little bit," Langenbrunner said. "We’ll see how we feel [Wednesday] and go from there. We’ve got a couple of days."

Langenbrunner (neck) fell awkwardly into the boards after he was hooked by Buffalo's Tyler Ennis in the second period of the Devils' 5-4 shootout loss on Nov. 10. He has three goals and six assists in 16 games.

Head coach John MacLean's looking for another good practice from Langenbrunner.

"We’re hopeful," MacLean said. "I thought he had a good practice. We’ll see how he is [Wednesday], and hopefully he gets through another day of practice, then we’ll make that decision."

Matt Corrente (upper body) also practiced after missing the last two games.

After a sluggish start, the Devils (8-14-2) have found a winning rhythm. They took three of four last week, including a season-high fourth straight home victory. Johan Hedberg has been superb in place of Martin Brodeur, stopping 113 of 117 shots faced in his last four starts. That included a 40-save performance in Saturday's 2-1 shootout win over Philadelphia, and a 5-0 whitewash of the Capitals last Monday.

Brodeur has not played since Nov. 18 at Toronto, when he aggravated his bruised right elbow. He sustained the original injury at Chicago on Nov. 3, taking a Patrick Kane shot off an unprotected area of his elbow.

-- Jason Arnott (sick) and David Clarkson (personal reasons) did not skate Tuesday.

"We had Sunday off, and then Monday he said he wasn’t feeling well," MacLean said of Arnott. "Hopefully he gets through it and he’s back at practice [Wednesday]."

Arnott leads the Devils with eight goals and has centered the second line of Patrik Elias and rookie Mattias Tedenby.

"Arnie’s played well," MacLean said. "He’s got some goals, he takes minutes up in the middle, they’ve done some good things. He just needs to keep going like that. When he’s skating and using his size and strength, he’s an effective player."

Tuesday's lines:
Ilya Kovalchuk Travis Zajac Jamie Langenbrunner
Patrik Elias Adam Mair Mattias Tedenby
Brian Rolston Dainius Zubrus Alexander Vasyunov
Rod Pelley Stephen Gionta

Defensemen: Andy Greene, Henrik Tallinder, Colin White, Mark Fayne, Anssi Salmela, Matt Corrente, Anton Volchenkov, Olivier Magnan

Goalies: Johan Hedberg, Mike McKenna

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

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

STATS

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