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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 - 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
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
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
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

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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