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Langenbrunner returns to practice

Tuesday, 11.30.2010 / 11:01 AM / 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 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
3 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59