groin injury and skipped practice Tuesday, but at the time the Devils said he was resting.
Rookie defenseman Eric Gelinas, who was used as a forward in New Jersey's previous game, Sunday against the Toronto Maple Leafs, returned to that position.
Salvador is missing his 33rd game of the season. He missed 30 in a row from Oct. 24 to Dec. 27 with a non-displaced stress fracture in his foot. He missed two straight (March 1-2) with a bruised collarbone.
It is really special. I had a lot of friends and family here tonight, and for my first [NHL] game in here it was great. I played here as an elementary-school player in the city championships and this was my first time back. It was a lot of fun..
— Toronto native Brandon Pirri after scoring 2 goals for Panthers in win at Maple Leafs on Thursday