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Henrique out, Greene possible for Tuesday

Brodeur in net to face Rangers

Monday, 01.30.2012 / 5:22 PM / 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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51