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Zajac practices, possible for Thursday in Philly

Wednesday, 11.6.2013 / 1:32 PM ET / 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

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HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 69 16 24 -3 40
M. Cammalleri 62 25 13 3 38
P. Elias 63 11 21 -16 32
S. Gomez 52 7 24 -7 31
S. Bernier 61 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 68 11 12 -4 23
A. Larsson 58 3 19 3 22
A. Greene 76 3 18 3 21
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 56 6 11 -3 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 28 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47