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Zajac out for Saturday meeting with Flyers

Saturday, 11.02.2013 / 12:01 PM / News
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Zajac out for Saturday meeting with Flyers
Zajac out for Saturday meeting with Flyers



 
NEWARK, N.J. -- Devils center Jacob Josefson will replace an injured Travis Zajac in the lineup on Saturday when the team hosts the Philadelphia Flyers at Prudential Center (7 p.m. ET).

Devils coach Pete Deboer confirmed following his team's optional skate that Zajac did not feel good enough to play.

Zajac appeared to sustain an ankle injury during practice Friday. According to reports, the veteran center tripped and fell during the early stages of practice and was replaced by Josefson.

"I would call it day-to-day," DeBoer said. "It's always the next morning, how it feels when you wake up. I'm not concerned about it long-term."

Zajac told reporters afterwards that he "caught a rut" in the ice and that his falling over was "laughable."

Zajac, who missed all but 15 regular-season games in 2011-12 after tearing his left Achilles tendon that summer, has one goal, four points and a minus-5 rating in 12 games for the Devils this season. Since sustaining his Achilles injury, Zajac has produced 10 goals and 30 points in 75 regular season games.

Josefson, who has no points in two games this season, is looking forward to making the most of the opportunity alongside Dainius Zubrus and Damien Brunner.

"I'm with two great players, so I'll try to keep it simple and solid and play good defensively," Josefson said. "It might take a period to get that tempo going again, but I should be fine."

DeBoer is hopeful that Josefson can have an impact despite missing the past four games as a healthy scratch.

"Anytime a young guy gets in, we want him to make it so we can't take him out of the lineup," DeBoer said. "That doesn't mean he has to score, but he's got to bring energy and be responsible and make us trust putting him on the ice. I think he's capable of doing it and seizing the opportunity."

DeBoer also said that a decision on whether or not Cory Schneider will back up Martin Brodeur will be determined this afternoon. Schneider has missed the past two games while dealing with a lower-body injury. He said he felt real good at Saturday's practice.

"I'm feeling good; this was the longest and hardest I've been on the ice so far," Schneider said after practice. "We did a lot of in-tight stuff."

The match against the Flyers opens the team's third of 22 sets of back-to-back games. Schneider, who sustained his injury Oct. 24 in a loss to the Vancouver Canucks, could earn the start Sunday when the Devils travel to Xcel Energy Center to play the Minnesota Wild. In Schneider's absence, Keith Kinkaid has served as backup to Brodeur the past two games.

Brodeur will look to notch his third straight victory of the season. He has allowed four goals and has had several timely saves in wins against the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning on this current run. The 41-year-old strung together three consecutive wins on three occasions in 2012-13, the final streak coming in late March when he yielded four goals in victories against the Washington Capitals, Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers.

"Just for the team to win a couple of games in a row is great," Schneider said. "To finally get rewarded for our hard work is good. Marty played really well and has made some big saves, so it's great to see the team win. Whether it's me or him [in goal], we'll take it."

Dainius Zubrus, who didn't take part in the optional skate on Saturday along with Zajac, Patrik Elias, Michael Ryder, Steve Bernier, Andy Greene and Marek Zidlicky, is expected to appear in his 1,100th game on Saturday. Ironically, Zubrus' father, Gintas, also celebrates his 60th birthday on Saturday.

Here are the projected lineups for the Devils:

Patrik Elias - Andrei Loktionov - Jaromir Jagr
Dainius Zubrus - Jacob Josefson - Damien Brunner
Rostislav Olesz
- Adam Henrique - Michael Ryder
Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Anton Volchenkov - Marek Zidlicky
Eric Gelinas - Adam Larsson

Martin Brodeur
Cory Schneider/Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Mattias Tedenby, Peter Harrold

Injured: Ryane Clowe (head), Bryce Salvador (foot), Travis Zajac (ankle)

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  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

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