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Salvador returns to practice

Harrold sidelined with non-displaced foot fracture

Wednesday, 12.11.2013 / 3:31 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Salvador returns to practice
Salvador returns to practice



 
The Devils got a defenseman back on Wednesday only to lose another one for at least the next week.

Bryce Salvador was cleared for practice and returned to the ice for his first team skate since October. The Devils captain was designated as a non-roster player on Oct. 23 following a death in the family. Five days later he was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Oct. 22 due to a non-displaced stress fracture in his foot.

After a long wait, he's finally back to feeling one hundred percent.

"This happened to be the bone that you do all of your pushing and everything off of," Salvador said. "It just happened to be one of those injuries where it was just a bad spot."

No timetable has been set for his return.

"It's just when I can get some skates in," Salvador said. "It's a pretty tough schedule now getting practices. I was pretty fortunate I was able to get it in today. Now we'll just take it day-to-day because the foot itself has healed and so now it's just getting the body used to playing hockey again."

Besides being healthy again, Salvador, who was paired with Marek Zidlicky, was happy to be back with his teammates.

"You kind of feel like you're part of the team again," he said. "It's been a long time. When you're not around the guys, it's a tight group in here, so you miss out on a lot of things. It's kind of nice to be back in here and catch up."

As Salvador nears a return to the lineup, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello announced Wednesday that Peter Harrold has a non-displaced foot fracture and will wear a cast for a week.

Harrold, who has two assists in 21 games, was hurt in the third period of Saturday's overtime win at Madison Square Garden. He crashed into the right post after defending a shorthanded 2-on-1 chance by Derek Stepan.

The Devils had lost 109 man-games to injury or illness entering Tuesday's game in Columbus.

"It's been amazing," head coach Peter DeBoer said. "I haven't seen anything like it. Thankfully, we have depth at that position and thankfully the kids that have come up (from Albany) have really gotten the job done or this could be a lot worse situation, obviously."

Ryane Clowe did not practice Wednesday, but "has been released a hundred percent to play and practice," Lamoriello said.

Sidelined since Oct. 13, Clowe will not travel with the team to Pittsburgh. The Devils close out their three-game trip Friday night against the Penguins and return home to host Tampa Bay on Saturday.

"We're going to take our time and just make sure everything is one hundred percent," Lamoriello said, adding, "We've been pushing him pretty hard, so we're going to make sure there's no reoccurence of anything."

Lamoriello said Clowe would "most likely" practice Thursday.

Anton Volchenkov (rest) did not practice Wednesday.

Stephen Gionta (ankle) continues to skate on his own, but is "not ready yet," Lamoriello said. Ryan Carter (leg) and Adam Larsson (lower body) have not yet returned to the ice.

Wednesday's practice helped the team turn the page on Tuesday's loss in Columbus. The Devils took a 3-1 lead in the second period only to see the Blue Jackets rally for a 5-4 victory.

"When you play a game like that [Tuesday] night and don't win, I think you also don't want to carry that around for 48 hours either," DeBoer said. "It was important we got in here today, addressed what we did well, what we didn't do well, get that cleaned up and move forward."

Wednesday's lines:

Dainius Zubrus - Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr
Damien Brunner - Patrik Elias - Steve Bernier
Reid Boucher - Adam Henrique - Michael Ryder
Tim Sestito - Jacob Josefson - Cam Janssen
Mattias Tedenby - Andrei Loktionov

Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky
Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Eric Gelinas - Jon Merrill

Martin Brodeur, Cory Schneider

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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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