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Salvador to play tonight vs. Habs

Thursday, 02.02.2012 / 12:01 PM / 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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 50 23 9 3 32
A. Henrique 55 12 20 -1 32
J. Jagr 57 11 18 -10 29
P. Elias 52 10 15 -14 25
S. Gomez 38 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 62 4 19 -8 23
T. Zajac 54 9 10 -5 19
S. Bernier 47 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 43 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 44 2 16 2 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 22 23 6 .926 2.23
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59