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New Jersey's Josefson out 3-4 months

Saturday, 10.22.2011 / 2:22 PM

By Alan Robinson - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

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New Jersey's Josefson out 3-4 months
PITTSBURGH – New Jersey Devils center Jacob Josefson could be sidelined for three-to-four months after undergoing surgery to repair a broken right clavicle that occurred in the first period of a 4-3 shootout loss to San Jose on Friday.
 
Josefson lost his footing as he carried the puck toward the net and, with both Jamie McGinn and Dan Boyle reaching for the puck with their sticks, crashed hard into the end boards. Josefson skated off the ice without assistance but immediately went to the Devils' dressing room.
 
“I watched the replay and you could tell the way his body was when he went in, he was going to get hurt," linemate Nick Palmieri said Saturday. “It's unfortunate, but he was trying to make a play and he did – he made a nice play. But skating fast, just the little bump was enough to knock him off balance and it's tough to recover. It's scary to see."
 
Josefson also was hurt against the Sharks last season, missing two months after tearing a ligament in his right thumb.
 
To replace Josefson, the Devils called up forward Adam Henrique from Albany of the American Hockey League. Henrique didn't have a point in the first two games of the season with the Devils earlier this season and had an assist in three games with Albany.
 
“He's a very capable center and I think we're pretty comfortable with him in the lineup," Palmieri said following an optional morning skate. “We're going to miss [Josefson] on our line, but I think Adam can step in and do the job."
 
The Devils already were without center Travis Zajac, who had surgery Aug. 18 to repair a torn Achilles' tendon.
 
Pittsburgh will be without center Evgeni Malkin (right knee soreness) for the fifth consecutive game and the seventh time in 10 games. He was ruled out by coach Dan Bylsma after taking part in the morning skate.
 
The likely lineups:
 
DEVILS


Zach ParisePatrik Elias – Petr Sykora
Ilya KovalchukDainius Zubrus - Nick Palmieri
Mattias TedenbyAdam HenriqueDavid Clarkson
Eric BoultonRod PelleyBrad Mills
 
Andy GreeneAdam Larsson
Bryce SalvadorAnton Volchenkov
Henrik TallinderMark Fayne
 
With Martin Brodeur still out with an injured shoulder, former Penguins goalie Johan Hedberg will be in net. Keith Kinkaid will be the backup.
 
PENGUINS

Chris KunitzJordan StaalPascal Dupuis
Steve SullivanRichard ParkJames Neal
Matt CookeJoe VitaleArron Asham
Steve MacIntyreDustin JeffreyCraig Adams
 
Coach Dan Bylsma rotated his seven defensemen during the morning skate, now that Kris Letang has returned from his two-game suspension for a boarding violation. Bylsma said the pairings would be a game-time decision.

Paul MartinZbynek Michalek
Brooks OrpikKris Letang
Matt Niskanen or Ben LovejoyDeryk Engelland
 
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will start after losing a shutout in the final two minutes of a 3-1 decision over Montreal on Thursday. Brent Johnson will back him up.
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