by David Pavlak on 02/01/12 at 04:41 PM ET
Per Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger
“Devils rookie Adam Henrique remains sidleined with a groin injury and did not practice again today.”
The Devils have missed Henrique the past few games, as he has been on of the driving forces offensively behind Patrik Elias (who is expected to play Thursday), Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk.
Martin Brodeur will get the start on Thursday against the Montreal Canadians. It will be his seventh start in a row.
David Clarkson scored his 17th goal of the season last night, tying his old NHL high when he had 17 in the 2008-09 season. Clarkson’s 17th is third on the team for total goals, one behind Elias (18) and three behind Kovalchuk (20).
“I don’t know,” DeBoer said to Chere. “I think he had a down year last year. That’s the best way I can put it. This is a guy who has scored before in this league. Maybe not at this pace, but close to this pace. He’s contributed before here and he earned himself a nice contract, so he’s been a good player in this league before.”
“I haven’t thought a lot about it,” Clarkson said to Tom Gulitti of The Record. “We’re winning games and that’s all that matters, but I’ve just got to keep working hard.”
Greene returns from injury:
Defenseman Andy Greene finally made his return to the lineup against the Rangers and even assisted on the Clarkson goal. Greene had been missing time due to a toe injury.
“Tough spot,” DeBoer said to Gulitti. “We asked him to jump in. In a perfect world, he has a week of practice with us before we stick him in that spot. So, he gave us what he could tonight.”
“The way we went into the break (three straight losses) was kind of frustrating for us. So to start with a win and to beat these guys, who have been playing great all season, it’s good. It’s nice for us,” Parise said. “It’s rewarding, but at the same time, it shows we have to work hard and really outwork these teams that are at the top of our conference. I think we have to do it a little more consistently. It’s a good start. We’re going to be seeing a lot of them and a lot of other pretty good hockey teams coming up, but it’s a good place to start.”
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