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At the Rink blog

Janssen back in lineup for Devils

Tuesday, 02.07.2012 / 11:36 AM

By Dave Lozo - NHL.com Staff Writer / At the Rink blog

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Janssen back in lineup for Devils
NEWARK, N.J. -- The New Jersey Devils aren't back to 100 percent healthy just yet, but they will add a dose of toughness to the lineup for Tuesday night's showdown with the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Right wing Cam Janssen, who hasn't played since Jan. 19, will take the place of forward Brad Mills in the lineup for Tuesday's game. Mills was sent to the Albany of the AHL, opening a spot for Janssen.

"I'm very, very excited," Janssen said. "What a cool game to come back to, first time at MSG this year. I'm just very excited. They've got a fun team to play against, a rough team. Last game we played them was a really rough game. The rougher the better, for guys like me."

Coach Peter DeBoer is welcoming back Janssen to the lineup three days after the Devils found themselves in a fight-filled contest against the Philadelphia Flyers, one that saw Ilya Kovalchuk drop the gloves with Brayden Schenn after the Flyers' Zac Rinaldo slew footed Zach Parise. Rinaldo draw a $2,500 fine from the League for the slew foot and was fined another $2,500 for another incident in the game.

"We want everything he brings," DeBoer said when asked if he wanted Janssen to tone down his game. "We've been in some physical games. There's probably been a couple nights here the last few weeks where we could've used them, Philly is one example. He knows how to walk that line and how to play that role as good as anybody I've had."

Kovalchuk joked he's happy to have Janssen back to ease his fighting workload.

"It's nice," Kovalchuk said. "He deserves to be back in. He's practiced really hard. He's one of those guys that brings a lot of energy to the room. We're all excited."

Defenseman Adam Larsson (back), Ryan Carter (hand), and Henrik Tallinder (leg) won't be back for the Devils. None of the three skated Tuesday, with DeBoer saying they are "not ready yet."

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