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Henrique practices, could go Thursday

Wednesday, 01.18.2012 / 2:51 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Henrique practices, could go Thursday



 
After a two-game absence, Adam Henrique (groin) was back in his familiar spot centering Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk at Wednesday's practice. He expects to take part in Thursday's morning skate and hopes to be ready for the 7 p.m. matchup with Boston.

"It was nice to get out there and get back into a practice," Henrique said. "It felt good, so I'll get some treatment and see how it is [Thursday]."

Coach Peter DeBoer said it will be important to see how Henrique feels in the morning.

"We'll see how he responds," DeBoer said. "He got through a full practice, now the question is whether it'll be sore tomorrow or not."

The Devils have won three in a row and five of their last six. Dainius Zubrus filled in for Henrique for the home-and-home sweep of Winnipeg that wrapped up with Tuesday's 5-1 victory at Prudential Center.

DeBoer was encouraged by what he observed from Henrique at practice. The freshman forward is tied with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Matt Read for the rookie goals lead (13), and second to Nugent-Hopkins in rookie assists (21) and points (34).

"I thought he looked good," DeBoer said. "Obviously, he's a key part of our team. He didn't look like he was favoring it, so that's a good sign."

But with the All-Star break approaching – and the opportunity for additional rest – the coach emphasized taking whatever time is needed.

"If he does play, we're not taking any chances or rushing him back in," he said. "It'll be because everybody feels that he can't do any further damage."

Next on the schedule, a date with the Bruins. The Devils hope to avenge their 6-1 home loss to the defending Stanley Cup champs on Jan. 4.

"We weren't, for me, emotionally involved in the game," said DeBoer. "That's a team that, if you're not ready to go nose-to-nose with them in the tough areas of the rink, you're not going to have a lot of success. For whatever reason, we were not emotionally engaged. That team will embarrass you if you're not."

New Jersey opened the scoring only to see the Bruins strike back for six unanswered goals.

"I think it's close enough that the guys don't forget what happened last game," he said. "While there's no guarantee of wins or anything, I'm sure we'll be much more ready to play and ready to compete [Thursday] night."

Jacob Josefson returned to the lineup against the Jets, making his first appearance since fracturing his clavicle on Oct. 21. He centered Ryan Carter and Mattias Tedenby, logging 13:40 of ice time and winning six of 11 faceoffs.

"It felt like it was the first game here in awhile," Josefson said. "I just tried to play it simple and not overplay stuff. First time, I got a little bit tired, but I think that's pretty normal for where I am right now."

It was a long time coming for Josefson, who missed 36 games with his second long-term injury in as many seasons.

"It felt great," he said. "It couldn't be better than to finish it with a W too. The whole team played really well and we deserved to win."

He's looking to improve in the season's second half.

"You always try to get better and better every game here, getting back all the timing and everything you have to do on the ice to help the team," he said. "It was a pretty good start and hope I can build from that."

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
7 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
8 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
9 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 53 15 24 7 39
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
K. Palmieri 53 20 15 3 35
A. Henrique 51 17 16 14 33
T. Zajac 45 7 18 6 25
D. Schlemko 45 6 9 -9 15
A. Larsson 53 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 50 1 12 0 13
A. Greene 53 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 42 3 7 -13 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 15 6 .929 2.03
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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