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Devils players eager for Parise return

Wednesday, 03.02.2011 / 11:29 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Now that Zach Parise has finally been cleared to skate again, his Devils teammates can't wait to have him back in the lineup.

On Wednesday, Parise got the OK from doctors to begin light skating on his own for a minimum of two to three weeks.

The Devils' leading goal scorer in each of the last four seasons, Parise has been out of action since Oct. 30. He underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus and has missed 51 games.

"He’s a huge part of our game, and he’s one of our leaders," Ilya Kovalchuk said. "We miss him a lot and I can’t imagine how good we’re going to be if he comes back. He can do everything. He’s one of the guys who’s been here for a long time and I’m sure fans will be excited to see him back. We’re all going to be excited; he’s going to give us a lot of jump, that’s for sure."

Martin Brodeur has an idea of what Parise is going through. Brodeur missed 50 games in 2008-09 because of a left elbow injury that required surgery.

"I've been there with a long injury and when you get the OK to go back on the ice it's like Christmas, Brodeur said. "It's so much fun. I'm sure he's ecstatic about it. Hopefully we'll give him a chance to get himself ready to play for us this year."

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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