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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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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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