NEWARK, N.J. -- David Clarkson
was back at Devils practice Wednesday after missing Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders
The 30-goal scorer was skating on a line with Adam Henrique
and Alexei Ponikarovsky
and showed no visible signs of the lower-body injury that sidelined him. Coach Peter DeBoer
said afterward that he expects to have Clarkson back in the lineup Thursday night against the Red Wings.
The Devils have two games remaining -- in Detroit on Thursday night and home against the Ottawa Senators
on Saturday -- and still have a chance to finish fifth in the Eastern Conference by winning those games and having the Philadelphia Flyers
lose their final two games in regulation.
DeBoer simply wants to avoid injury and keep the Devils, who have won four straight, on the right track with the playoffs a week away.
"The priorities are play well, keep the confidence level high, and stay healthy," DeBoer said. "Obviously winning games is important. It'd be nice to be the fourth team in the division with 100 points. But those are secondary motivators. For me, those are the three main things -- keeping our structure, playing well and staying healthy.
"I don't have any plans on resting anybody right now."
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