NEWARK, N.J. -- Devils rookie center Adam Henrique will return to the lineup Thursday night against the Bruins after missing the last two games with a groin injury. Henrique will be back in his customary spot between left wing Zach Parise and right wing Ilya Kovalchuk on the Devils' top line.
"It felt good this morning, so I'm excited to get back in and play," Henrique said after participating in New Jersey's optional morning skate.
Henrique suffered the injury during the Devils 2-1 overtime win at Edmonton last week. He said Wednesday after practicing for the first time that he was definitely thinking about the injury throughout the entire practice session.
However, he said Thursday morning that won't be the case against the Bruins.
"The first practice back is a little different, but I'll be ready to go tonight," Henrique said.
Mattias Tedenby will be a healthy scratch and Martin Brodeur will get the start in net against the Bruins, who beat the Devils at Prudential Center, 6-1, on Jan. 4.
Here is the Devils projected lineup, or at least the one that was written on the white board inside the team's dressing room:
Zach Parise - Adam Henrique - Ilya Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora - Patrik Elias - Dainius Zubrus
Steven Zalewski - Jacob Josefson - David Clarkson
Ryan Carter - Brad Mills - Cam Janssen
Henrik Tallinder - Mark Fayne
Bryce Salvador - Adam Larsson
Anton Volchenkov - Kurtis Foster
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