by David Pavlak on 10/22/11 at 07:40 PM ET
First Travis Zajac was sidelined after requiring surgery to fix his Achilles. Now the Devils were be without their second top centerman in Jacob Josefson after he crashed into the end boards in the first period during the Devils 4-3 shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks. The angle and impact that Josefson made with the boards broke his clavicle and he will be out for the next 3-4 months in order to fully recover.
“I didn’t see it because the puck went to the corner and I was going for the puck. I watched the replay last night. You could tell the way his body was when he went in he was going to get hurt,” Palmieri said of Josefson. “It’s unfortunate. He was trying to make a play and he did. He made a nice play. He was obviously skating fast. Just that little bump was enough to knock him off balance and it’s tough to recover. It’s scary to see.”
“It almost looked like he went to stand up and just turned his head enough and hit full-on (with his right shoulder). It’s obviously a big loss, especially with Travis (Zajac) already out. But I think we have some guys that can step up and fill his spot.”
The Devils have recalled Adam Henrique from the Albany Devils to step into Josefson’s place. Lou Lamoriello also gave a tiny hint into the possibility of going out and signing a veteran center to help fill out the roster. Henrique, who showed a strong upside during the preseason, has since fallen silent both with New Jersey and in Albany.
Josefson had successful surgery last night on his clavicle.
Martin Brodeur is still out with an injury to his shoulder. Johan Hedberg had played well in his absence and will get the start against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. Hedberg dropped the shootout decision last night against the Sharks, but was unhappy with the goal scored by the Sharks in the final 30 seconds. He believed he was interfered with on the play by Joe Thornton and that the goal should not have counted.
“He was standing right on the goal line. I can’t even move,” Hedberg said. “I have to have a chance to at least make a play after the shot, but as soon as I said something (the ref) screamed at me and said (Thornton) was outside the crease. Not true. It made me upset. I’m pretty sure when you see the video I was right. I don’t like to make excuses, but that annoyed me”
Keith Kinkaid has been the backup to Hedberg since Brodeur was injured. Kinkaid nearly escaped an injury himself during practice. During a goal mouth scramble, Kinkaid was cut on the neck by a skate blade from one of the Devils. The cut was not deep and there was minimal bleeding.
The Devils play the Penguins tonight at 7 PM EST.
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