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Brodeur starts, Larsson returns vs. Sabres

Tuesday, 12.27.2011 / 4:39 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Brodeur starts, Larsson returns vs. Sabres



 
Martin Brodeur will be back in net Wednesday when the Devils host Buffalo at the Rock.

The Devils (19-14-1) have won five of their last seven, while Buffalo (17-15-3) snapped a three-game skid with 4-2 victory over Washington on Monday.

New Jersey hopes to rebound from Monday's 4-2 loss to the Hurricanes. David Clarkson and Adam Henrique scored in the Devils' first game back from the two-day holiday break.

Johan Hedberg made 30 saves in his first work since Dec. 16.

Adam Larsson is expected to be back in the lineup after missing two games to fly home to Sweden for his grandmother's funeral.

"He looks good," coach Peter DeBoer said Tuesday. "He looks refreshed. I think he appreciated the trip home. We're glad to have him back."

Larsson's return trip took nearly 12 hours, but it was well worth the time spent with family during a difficult time.

"If I had missed that funeral, it would be pretty sad and tough for me to just see a picture from it," he said. "I think it was good, it was worth all the long flights I made to be there."

The holidays weren't the same, but the young Swede still did his best to enjoy them.

"It feels pretty strange because I spent all my Christmases with her, but still it was good to get my mind on other stuff after the funeral," he said.

Larsson leads all rookie defensemen with 13 points (2g, 11a).

Travis Zajac saw time with Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk in Carolina, but was back on a line with Mattias Tedenby and David Clarkson for Tuesday's practice.

Zajac has a goal and an assist in five games since coming back from offseason surgery.

"I don't think it's any secret he's still working to find his game," DeBoer said. "I think anybody that's seen him play at a hundred percent, I think that that's obvious. But that's what we expected, too. He's five games back after missing 30. If you look at how long it took Zach to hit stride with what he missed, it's going to be a process."

Henrik Tallinder (back spasms) has missed five games, but skated on his own Tuesday and could be close to a return.

"He got through it, felt pretty good, so he'll skate with us tomorrow morning and we'll see how he is," DeBoer said.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 56 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 54 19 18 14 37
K. Palmieri 56 20 16 3 36
T. Zajac 48 8 19 7 27
D. Schlemko 48 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 56 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 52 1 12 -1 13
J. Blandisi 17 4 7 -1 11
J. Josefson 45 3 8 -14 11
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 25 16 6 .931 1.98
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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