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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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
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

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51

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