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Salvador to play tonight vs. Habs

Thursday, 02.2.2012 / 12:01 PM ET / News
By Eric Marin
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Salvador to play tonight vs. Habs

**UPDATE: Bryce Salvador has confirmed he will play tonight after tweaking his ankle Tuesday.

 
Bryce Salvador did not take part in today's morning skate, but is expected to play tonight when the Devils host Montreal.

"He's a little sore, but nothing that should keep him out tonight," coach Peter DeBoer said of Salvador, who did not practice yesterday.

Martin Brodeur will make his seventh straight start as the Devils look to build off of Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers. They're hoping to close out their six-game homestand (2-2-1) on a high note before a pair of divisional 1 p.m. matinees: Saturday at Philadelphia and Sunday vs. Pittsburgh at the Rock.

Adam Henrique (groin) skated on his own this morning, but will miss his second straight game.

The road team has won the first two meetings of the series against Montreal. The Canadiens took a 2-1 decision at Prudential Center on Dec. 10, and the Devils responded with a 5-3 triumph at the Bell Centre on Dec. 17.

DeBoer hopes to reverse that trend tonight.

"When we look back at the tape of the game when we played them here last time, I think we played a decent game," he said. "We didn't get to [Carey] Price, a lot like we didn't get to [Henrik] Lundqvist or [Ilya] Bryzgalov the last time we played those teams. It's kind of the same formula for us. We have to find a way to score some goals, get some traffic on the visiting goalie, and make it uncomfortable on him."

DeBoer also indicated he may dress seven defensemen tonight.

Projected lines:
Parise-Zubrus-Kovalchuk
Sykora-Elias-Clarkson
Ponikarovsky-Carter-Bernier
Boulton-Josefson

Greene-Fayne
Volchenkov-Larsson
Salvador/Taormina-Foster

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 55 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 53 18 18 14 36
K. Palmieri 55 20 15 3 35
T. Zajac 47 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 47 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 55 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 51 1 12 -1 13
A. Greene 55 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 44 3 7 -14 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 16 6 .930 2.01
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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