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Tallinder could return Saturday

Thursday, 12.29.2011 / 2:51 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Defenseman Henrik Tallinder could be back in the lineup as early as Saturday, when the Devils host Pittsburgh at 3 p.m.

Tallinder has missed six games with back spasms. He took part in Wednesday's morning skate, but did not play in the 3-1 victory over Buffalo.

"I was skating pretty good yesterday," Tallinder said after Thursday's practice. "Then I had a workout here during the game. I don't expect [the injury] to go back to where it was. Knock on wood."

Peter DeBoer indicated the big blueliner is likely to play against the Penguins. The Devils (20-15-1) have won eight of their last 11.

"I think so," said the coach. "We wanted to get through a full practice, get a little contact in. I thought he looked good to me. We'll see how he wakes up [Friday], but he looks good."

Defenseman Alexander Urbom was assigned to Albany (AHL), paving the way for Tallinder's possible return.

"We've got [Matt] Taormina here as an insurance policy if for some reason he can't go," DeBoer said.

Tallinder averages 21:42 minutes of ice time, second only to Adam Larsson among Devils defensemen.

Petr Sykora scored twice Wednesday, picking up his ninth and 10th goals of the season. The Devils have a League-high seven players with double-digit goal totals. Philadelphia is next with six, while Ottawa and Vancouver each have five.

A balanced attack has been one of the keys to the Devils' success in the first half.

"It's been critical," DeBoer said. "Obviously, when I took the job in the summer, when you look at the New Jersey Devils last year, the goals for and the shots for are something that jumps off the page at you. Something that we had to find a way to correct and do it without dramatically affecting our defensive game. That's been the goal since Day 1 and I think we're slowly getting to the point where we're getting a good balance there."

• Sykora, Anton Volchenkov and Travis Zajac had maintenance days and did not skate Thursday.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 70 16 25 -3 41
M. Cammalleri 63 27 13 3 40
P. Elias 64 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 53 7 24 -8 31
S. Bernier 62 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 69 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 59 3 20 3 23
A. Greene 77 3 18 2 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 57 6 12 -3 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 28 9 .927 2.20
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47