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Henrique out, Greene possible for Tuesday

Brodeur in net to face Rangers

Monday, 01.30.2012 / 5:22 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Henrique out, Greene possible for Tuesday


 
With the All-Star break now in their rearview mirror, the Devils hit the ice Monday for practice.

They get right back into the swing of things with Tuesday's home matchup against the conference-leading Rangers. New Jersey (26-19-3) is looking to snap a three-game skid.

"I think guys are happy to be back," said captain Zach Parise. "The atmosphere, the feeling is good. I think our biggest thing right now is we have to make sure we're prepared to play [Tuesday] night, because it's the best team in the East and our rivals. We have to make sure we're ready to go. We know how good they are."

The Devils face the Rangers five times over their final 34 games.

"Just over the years that I've been here, I feel like playing those guys brings out the best in both teams," Parise said. "It'll be a good test for us. Those are huge points, 10 points that we'd like to get, it's going to be 10 important points for us to get into the playoffs."

Andy Greene (toe) practiced and could return after a 22-game absence. Adam Henrique (groin) missed practice and will not play. Martin Brodeur gets the start in net.

Steve Bernier, who was recalled Monday from Albany (AHL) after receiving a two-way NHL deal, could make his Devils debut. The right wing practiced Monday with Jacob Josefson and Alexei Ponikarovsky. Josefson and defenseman Matt Taormina were also recalled.

"I had Steve in Florida, I liked him in training camp," coach Peter DeBoer said. "He's a big body, he's an NHL player. This guy has a few hundred games under his belt. For me, you get down into the last 25, 30 games of the season, everybody systematically is tight. It's about winning battles and getting to the front of the net. That's why you see so many teams trying to acquire size at the deadline, because it becomes a real important factor. He has that."

Like Henrique, Adam Larsson (wrist) missed this weekend's All-Star festivities in Ottawa. Devils' President/CEO/GM Lou Lamoriello said an MRI showed that the wrist is fine.

Travis Zajac (soreness) has not resumed skating. He and wife Nicole welcomed a new son, Zenon Nathan, last Sunday.

Monday's lines:
Parise - Zubrus - Kovalchuk
Sykora - Elias - Clarkson
Ponikarovsky - Josefson - Bernier
Boulton - Carter - Janssen/Mills

Defense: Larsson, Fayne, Volchenkov, Salvador, Foster, Taormina, Greene.

Brodeur, Hedberg

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 51 38 9 4 166 114 80
2 FLA 53 31 16 6 143 118 68
3 NYR 53 30 18 5 150 135 65
4 TBL 52 29 19 4 138 123 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
7 PIT 52 27 18 7 138 132 61
8 NYI 51 27 18 6 143 127 60
9 NJD 54 26 21 7 120 122 59
10 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
11 MTL 54 26 24 4 143 143 56
12 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
13 PHI 51 23 19 9 121 133 55
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 54 15 24 6 39
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
K. Palmieri 54 20 15 3 35
A. Henrique 52 17 17 14 34
T. Zajac 46 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 46 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 54 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 50 1 12 0 13
A. Greene 54 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 43 3 7 -13 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 16 6 .929 2.03
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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