Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador
will play Thursday against Montreal despite being the only active player who did not participate in Thursday's morning skate. The Devils said Salvador was "resting," but he also sat out practice Wednesday, when coach Pete DeBoer admitted he had a "minor injury."
DeBoer confirmed to reporters in Newark, N.J., that Salvador is sore, and did not rule out going with seven defensemen just in case. If DeBoer uses seven defensemen, Matt Taormina
will get the nod. He's the only other healthy defenseman the Devils have in Newark right now.
would be the forward who comes out if Taormina is going to play.
will make his seventh straight start and Patrik Elias
, who joined Salvador on the sidelines during Wednesday's practice, was the second player on the ice for the morning skate Thursday and he will play.
Rookie center Adam Henrique
will miss his second straight game and fourth in the last seven games with a groin injury. Henrique skated Thursday morning (not with the team), and could potentially practice with the Devils on Friday.
(sore Achilles) and Henrik Tallinder
(blood clot) are on injured reserve.
Here are New Jersey's expected lines for Thursday's game. The defense pairs we're using are the same as what the Devils had for Tuesday's game. If Taormina dresses, Mills will come out of the lineup.
- Patrik Elias
- David Clarkson
- Dainius Zubrus
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Ryan Carter
- Steve Bernier
- Jacob Josefson
- Brad Mills
- Mark Fayne
- Adam Larsson
- Kurtis Foster