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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.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59