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Brodeur starts, Larsson returns vs. Sabres

Tuesday, 12.27.2011 / 4:39 PM / 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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 40 10 16 -1 26
J. Jagr 43 9 16 -10 25
M. Cammalleri 35 15 6 -3 21
P. Elias 37 6 14 -14 20
M. Zidlicky 47 4 16 -7 20
M. Ryder 42 6 12 -2 18
T. Zajac 39 8 8 -7 16
S. Gomez 23 4 12 -5 16
S. Bernier 32 6 7 1 13
M. Havlat 29 5 7 -10 12
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 19 4 .920 2.41
K. Kinkaid 1 3 3 .913 2.54