Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador will play Thursday against Montreal despite being the only active player who did not participate in Thursday's morning skate. The Devils said Salvador was "resting," but he also sat out practice Wednesday, when coach Pete DeBoer admitted he had a "minor injury."
DeBoer confirmed to reporters in Newark, N.J., that Salvador is sore, and did not rule out going with seven defensemen just in case. If DeBoer uses seven defensemen, Matt Taormina will get the nod. He's the only other healthy defenseman the Devils have in Newark right now.
Brad Mills would be the forward who comes out if Taormina is going to play.
Martin Brodeur will make his seventh straight start and Patrik Elias, who joined Salvador on the sidelines during Wednesday's practice, was the second player on the ice for the morning skate Thursday and he will play.
Rookie center Adam Henrique will miss his second straight game and fourth in the last seven games with a groin injury. Henrique skated Thursday morning (not with the team), and could potentially practice with the Devils on Friday.
Travis Zajac (sore Achilles) and Henrik Tallinder (blood clot) are on injured reserve.
Here are New Jersey's expected lines for Thursday's game. The defense pairs we're using are the same as what the Devils had for Tuesday's game. If Taormina dresses, Mills will come out of the lineup.
Petr Sykora - Patrik Elias - David Clarkson
Zach Parise - Dainius Zubrus - Ilya Kovalchuk
Alexei Ponikarovsky - Ryan Carter - Steve Bernier
Eric Boulton - Jacob Josefson - Brad Mills
Andy Greene - Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador - Adam Larsson
Anton Volchenkov - Kurtis Foster