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Rested Henrique attacking, scoring for Devils

Tuesday, 03.11.2014 / 5:40 PM

By Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Rested Henrique attacking, scoring for Devils

PHILADELPHIA -- For New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer, no player needed the break during the 2014 Sochi Olympics more than center Adam Henrique.

Whatever Henrique did certainly is paying dividends now. He has at least a goal in all six games since play resumed, an NHL-best nine goals since the break ended, and his 11 points are tied with Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen for most in the League.

Henrique's six-game goal streak has tied a Devils record, and according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he's the first Devils player since John MacLean in December 1988 to score at least nine goals in a six-game span.

"I think we probably overplayed some people, including him, the first half of the year, dealing with injuries and some things," DeBoer said. "I think he got a little bit fatigued. I think the break helped him as much or more than anybody recharge and come back with a little more jump, which has helped."

That extra energy, plus a temporary shift to left wing, seems to have been the missing spark for Henrique, who had one point in seven games prior to the break.

"He's attacking more," DeBoer said. "He's got more of an attack mentality. The move to wing for a short period got him in the mindset of shooting the puck and attacking, where in the middle he's more of a guy who moves the puck around. We've moved him back to the middle and he needs to keep that attack mentality."

Henrique was averaging 1.69 shots per game in 59 games before the break but has 20 shots in six games during his hot streak (3.33 per game).

Back at center, the goal is for Henrique to keep that mentality rather than fall into being a puck distributor who keeps his linemates happy.

"I think it's something I try to focus on more," Henrique said. "When I get the chance, shoot it. When I can take the puck to the net, take it to the net, try to find a way to get dirty goals. Just get pucks there. I'm not trying to look for that extra pass. Simplify things, get pucks there. It's something that I'm trying to focus on and put it into my game every night."

Henrique will have the same linemates Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers, with Ryane Clowe on his left and Michael Ryder on his right. The only change for the Devils will be on defense, where Anton Volchenkov returns to the lineup after a three-game absence; he'll replace Eric Gelinas.

Goalie Martin Brodeur will start again; it will be the first time he's started consecutive games since Dec. 31 and Jan. 3.

The Flyers will male one change to their lineup from their previous game, a 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday. Zac Rinaldo is out with an upper-body injury, and Chris VandeVelde was recalled from Adirondack of the American Hockey League to replace him.

Despite the loss Saturday, the Flyers were happy with the effort outside of the first five minutes of the game, when they fell behind 2-0.

Philadelphia tied it in the third, and after the Maple Leafs went ahead late in the period, the Flyers tied it on Braydon Coburn's goal with 2:32 left.

"Probably the worst part of that game was our first 10 minutes," Flyers forward Scott Hartnell said. "I think other than that we controlled the game. Our power play was zipping around, we were physical, we were cycling. We scored some big goals late to tie it up. You can't be on a downer after losing a game like that. We got a point; you take the positives out of it."

Flyers captain Claude Giroux saw that resilience as something the team can build on.

"Their first two goals hurt us but we stuck with it, we stayed with the system and we didn't panic," Giroux said. "It's good for us to have a test like that. At the start of the year the other team scored a goal and we started panicking. But we stuck with it, kept playing. [Goalie Steve] Mason made some key saves for us, but just the way we played for the rest of the game was a good sign."

Here are the projected lineups for the Devils and Flyers:

DEVILS

Jaromir Jagr - Travis Zajac - Tuomo Ruutu

Ryane Clowe - Adam Henrique - Michael Ryder

Dainius Zubrus - Patrik Elias - Damien Brunner

Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Mark Fayne - Andy Greene

Jon Merrill - Anton Volchenkov

Marek Zidlicky - Bryce Salvador

Martin Brodeur

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Eric Gelinas, Peter Harrold, Jacob Josefson

FLYERS

Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux - Jakub Voracek

Brayden Schenn - Vincent Lecavalier - Wayne Simmonds

Matt Read - Sean Couturier - Steve Downie

Chris VandeVelde - Michael Raffl - Adam Hall

Kimmo Timonen - Braydon Coburn

Mark Streit - Nicklas Grossmann

Andrew MacDonald - Luke Schenn

Steve Mason

Calvin Heeter

Scratched: Jay Rosehill, Hal Gill, Erik Gustafsson

Injured: Ray Emery (lower body), Zac Rinaldo (upper body)

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