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Jaromir Jagr isn't back to practicing with the team yet, but he's making progress.
Jagr (lower body) has been skating on his own and is nearing a return, head coach Peter DeBoer said Friday.
"In my mind, it could be any day now," DeBoer said. "He's getting that close."
The Devils' preseason slate continues Saturday, when they visit the Islanders at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
Cory Schneider will make his second exhibition start. He played two periods in his preseason debut last Monday against the Rangers, stopping all 22 shots he faced.
After Saturday, the Devils play at Montreal on Monday and at Philadelphia on Tuesday. They close out the preseason Thursday against the Flyers at Prudential Center.
DeBoer would like to get Jagr into a game before the regular season starts on Oct. 3, but the veteran of 1,391 NHL appearances might not even need a preseason tune-up.
"He's played a lot of games in the League," the coach said. "Sure, in a perfect world, everyone wants an exhibition game to get the kinks out, to get up to speed. I don't think it's critical with a guy like that, but it would be a nice, a nice luxury."
Ryane Clowe (lower body) did not practice Friday. He left Thursday's game in the first period and did not return.
"I think he's doing better today," said DeBoer. "Term it day-to-day; I'm not concerned long-term, but don't want to take any chances with it."
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