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Gionta returns tonight vs. Sens

Wednesday, 12.18.2013 / 2:38 PM ET / News
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Gionta returns tonight vs. Sens
Gionta returns tonight vs. Sens

Stephen Gionta will return to the New Jersey Devils' lineup Wednesday after missing the past 11 games with a sprained right ankle.

Gionta skated as the center on the fourth line between Steve Bernier and Cam Janssen during the Devils' morning skate at Prudential Center in advance of their game against the Ottawa Senators. He has two assists and is a minus-5 in 21 games this season.

Janssen is in the lineup despite leaving practice early Tuesday with an apparent right leg injury.

Martin Brodeur will start for the Devils after making 33 saves in a 3-0 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday. That performance came on the heels of Brodeur allowing five goals in a 5-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 10.

Ottawa goalie Robin Lehner will start opposite Brodeur. Lehner is making his third consecutive start and is coming off a 30-save performance in a 3-2 overtime win against the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

Senators coach Paul MacLean is not making any lineup changes from the game against St. Louis, meaning defenseman Marc Methot, who is able to return from his three-game absence because of the flu, will be a healthy scratch.

Here's the Devils projected lineup for tonight:

DEVILS

Dainius Zubrus - Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr
Adam Henrique
- Patrik Elias - Damien Brunner
Reid Boucher
- Andrei Loktionov - Michael Ryder
Steve Bernier
- Stephen Gionta - Cam Janssen

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Eric Gelinas
- Marek Zidlicky
Anton Volchenkov
- Jon Merrill

Martin Brodeur
Cory Schneider

Injured: Ryane Clowe (head), Bryce Salvador (foot), Adam Larsson (lower body), Peter Harrold (foot), Ryan Carter (leg)

Scratched: Mattias Tedenby, Tim Sestito, Jacob Josefson

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59