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Salvador to play tonight vs. Habs

Thursday, 02.02.2012 / 12:01 PM / News
By Eric Marin

**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 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 PIT 21 15 4 2 76 49 32
3 NYI 22 16 6 0 72 59 32
4 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
5 DET 22 12 5 5 64 54 29
6 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
7 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
8 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
9 FLA 20 8 6 6 42 51 22
10 WSH 21 9 8 4 58 57 22
11 NYR 21 9 8 4 60 62 22
12 NJD 22 9 10 3 53 63 21
13 PHI 21 8 10 3 59 66 19
14 CAR 21 6 12 3 48 63 15
15 CBJ 21 6 13 2 51 76 14
16 BUF 22 6 14 2 37 72 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 22 3 10 -2 13
M. Cammalleri 16 8 4 4 12
A. Henrique 16 6 6 4 12
M. Ryder 22 4 7 3 11
M. Zidlicky 22 3 8 -2 11
P. Elias 22 2 9 -8 11
T. Zajac 22 4 4 -2 8
D. Severson 22 4 4 2 8
E. Gelinas 18 2 5 3 7
T. Ruutu 21 5 1 2 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 9 9 2 .916 2.56
S. Clemmensen 0 0 1 .852 4.71