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Larsson to miss meeting with Vancouver

Friday, 02.24.2012 / 12:15 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Larsson to miss meeting with Vancouver
Adam Larsson's first game against the Sedins will have to wait.

The rookie defenseman was looking forward to facing fellow Swedes Henrik and Daniel tonight when the Vancouver Canucks visit Prudential Center. But Larsson has just one team practice under his belt since returning from a bruised back, and needs more time to get back into game shape.

"I think it was smart of the coaches not to let me play today," Larsson said after an extended on-ice session at today's optional morning skate. "I think that's the best idea. Not that I don't feel good, but just to get a few more practices. It was a smart decision."

Larsson hopes to play Sunday, when Tampa Bay comes to town.

"It's up to the coaches," said Larsson. "I have to earn a spot first. The team has played so good, I can't take anything for granted."

Tonight's meeting with Vancouver opens a stretch of three games in four nights for the Devils, who have won four in a row.

New Jersey visits the Rangers on Monday and will play 17 games in March.

"It's a really tough month next month, so I really want to be 100 percent when I get back," Larsson said.

He had been looking forward to meeting the Sedins at last month's All-Star weekend, but was unable to attend because of a wrist injury. His wait continues.

"I was really looking forward to this game," he said. "But still, I think it's more important for me to get in shape now."

Larsson tuned in last night to watch the Canucks beat the Red Wings, 4-3, in a shootout, snapping Detroit's NHL-record home winning streak at 23 games. Henrik set up two goals by twin brother Daniel.

"Those are two good guys," Larsson said. "They're amazing players, too. I actually sat and watched them yesterday against Detroit. You can actually just laugh when they're playing because it looks so easy and it seems like they have radar, or something, on each other, blind passes to each other."

Ryan Carter (hand, nine games missed) and Kurtis Foster (upper body, two games missed) are back in the lineup tonight. Defenseman Peter Harrold will fill in on the fourth forward line as needed.

Martin Brodeur will start in goal.

Projected lineups:
Parise-Henrique-Kovalchuk
Sykora-Elias-Clarkson
Ponikarovsky-Zubrus-Bernier
Carter-Josefson-Harrold

Salvador-Volchenkov
Greene-Fayne
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 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
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 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 49 23 8 2 31
A. Henrique 54 12 19 -1 31
J. Jagr 57 11 18 -10 29
P. Elias 51 10 15 -14 25
S. Gomez 37 5 18 -7 23
M. Zidlicky 61 4 19 -8 23
S. Bernier 46 10 8 1 18
T. Zajac 53 8 10 -5 18
M. Ryder 43 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 43 2 15 4 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 22 23 5 .926 2.22
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59