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Jagr returns to practice

Tuesday, 09.24.2013 / 1:19 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Jagr returns to practice


Jaromir Jagr
returned to practice on Tuesday to take part in his first team skate in nearly two weeks.

Jagr, who had been sidelined by lower body soreness, was put on a line with Michael Ryder and Adam Henrique.

"I was practicing so I'm glad I didn't get injured again," Jagr joked. "I survived practice. I guess that's the first step."

Back on Sept. 12 – the first day veterans were on ice – Jagr skated for a only a few minutes before leaving practice early.

"I knew it wasn't good when that happened to me in the first practice," he said. "Probably had something to do with the long plane ride. Traveling for 15 hours [from the Czech Republic], it's not easy. I knew had extra time than during the regular season, so I want to be strong as I can be and make sure nothing bad happens again. Nothing's guaranteed, but I just wanted to make sure."

He's missed four preseason games, and was set to miss his fifth with the Devils in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. But Jagr didn't rule out Thursday's preseason finale against the Flyers.

"If I could, I would like to," he said. "I was practicing on my own, now I would have probably two, three practices before the game, and the game is something different, too. The one-on-one battles – it's totally different."

Playing in a game situation would help Jagr get ready in time for the Oct. 3 season opener in Pittsburgh.

"It's about, for me, to get confidence before the season starts," he said. "Even though my season was so long last year, I would still like to play some [preseason] games before the regular games."

Asked if there was any doubt he would be ready by the start of the season, Jagr knocked on wood.

"Hopefully nothing bad happens in that time," he said. "Hopefully tomorrow's going to be better than today, and you just go from there."

Jagr's return was good news for Devils' GM Lou Lamoriello, who also updated the status of Mattias Tedenby and Andrei Loktionov.

"Right now we've got everybody close to healthy," Lamoriello said. "Teddy and Loktionov skated on their own earlier and that'll just go slowly."




 

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51