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Zajac practices, possible for Thursday in Philly

Wednesday, 11.06.2013 / 1:32 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Zajac practices, possible for Thursday in Philly
Zajac practices, possible for Thursday in Philly


 
Travis Zajac returned to practice on Wednesday and is possible for Thursday's game in Philadelphia.

Zajac has missed two games since rolling his ankle in practice last Friday. He's one of several Devils battling the injury bug.

"He skated [Tuesday], felt better," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello updated. "We put him on the ice this morning to just see and he felt good enough to go and practice. We'll see how practice is today."

Anton Volchenkov (lower body, 1 game missed) and Peter Harrold (lower body, 3 games) were also back on the ice.

"We'll see how they survive the practice as far as what they're at," said Lamoriello.

Jon Merrill, who suffered facial lacerations after he was tripped by Torrey Mitchell in Sunday's game at Minnesota, could be just days away from a return. It was Merrill's NHL debut.

"Every test came back normal," Lamoriello said. "He''ll just be a few days because of the lacerations and the bang [into the boards] and so forth. It's a matter of four or five days."

Patrik Elias (upper body, 2 games missed) will not travel with the team to Philadelphia. He left warmups before Saturday's home meeting with the Flyers and did not return.

Elias is tied for third on the club with seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in 10 games.

"Hopefully we'll get him back skating in the next few days – hopefully," Lamoriello said. "But he's feeling much better."

Bryce Salvador and Ryane Clowe remain sidelined.

• The Devils recalled Cam Janssen on Wednesday. Janssen rotated through the fourth line at practice with Ryan Carter, Stephen Gionta and Jacob Josefson.

Janssen will "just bring a little different dimension to our lineup," Lamoriello said.

In 11 games this season with Albany (AHL), Janssen has one assist and 15 penalty minutes.

"He's an excitable guy," Lamoriello said. "He brings energy, he brings enthusiasm. He's a great locker room guy. He's got a lot of things going for him."

Wednesday's forward lines:
Dainius Zubrus - Andrei Loktionov - Jaromir Jagr
Mattias Tedenby - Adam Henrique - Michael Ryder
Damien Brunner - Travis Zajac - Steve Bernier
Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Jacob Josefson / Cam Janssen

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
M. Cammalleri 51 23 10 4 33
A. Henrique 56 12 20 -1 32
P. Elias 53 10 16 -13 26
S. Gomez 39 5 18 -9 23
M. Zidlicky 63 4 19 -7 23
T. Zajac 55 10 10 -4 20
S. Bernier 48 10 8 1 18
M. Ryder 44 6 12 -2 18
A. Larsson 45 2 16 3 18
M. Havlat 38 5 9 -12 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 23 23 6 .927 2.19
K. Kinkaid 3 4 3 .915 2.59