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Fayne skips skate, but will be in Devils' lineup

Tuesday, 02.12.2013 / 11:39 AM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

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Fayne skips skate, but will be in Devils' lineup

NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils will look to continue their winning ways Tuesday when they play host to Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center.

The Devils enter Tuesday's game riding a five-game winning streak and are first in Eastern Conference with 19 points, two ahead of the Northeast Division-leading Boston Bruins. The Bruins face the New York Rangers on Tuesday at TD Garden.

There doesn't appear to be any lineup changes in store for the Devils, although defenseman Mark Fayne was absent from the team's morning skate due to a death in his family. He was replaced by Peter Harrold during New Jersey's brisk 30-minute workout, but coach Peter DeBoer said he expects Fayne to be in the lineup alongside captain Bryce Salvador against the Southeast Division-leading Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Forward Dainius Zubrus will miss his fourth straight game with an upper-body injury. Zubrus was hurt during a 3-1 victory against the Rangers on Feb. 5.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said earlier this week that Zubrus would be re-evaluated over the next few days and that no decision had been made whether to place him on injured reserve.

Here is the possible lineup for the Devils against the Hurricanes:

Stefan Matteau - Travis Zajac - Ilya Kovalchuk

Patrik Elias - Adam Henrique - David Clarkson

Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Krystofer Barch - Jacob Josefson - Bobby Butler

Bryce Salvador - Mark Fayne

Andy Greene - Adam Larsson

Anton Volchenkov - Marek Zidlicky

Martin Brodeur

Johan Hedberg

Injured: Dainius Zubrus

Scratched: Peter Harrold, Henrik Tallinder

Quote of the Day

The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.

— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres