NEWARK, N.J. -- Defensemen Marek Zidlicky
and Anton Volchenkov
were both a welcome sight at New Jersey Devils
practice here at AmeriHealth Pavilion on Saturday.
Both players had been off the ice since the team's Game 5 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers
on Tuesday. According to the team, each player was "resting" after being shaken up in the series-clinching win.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello told the media on Wednesday that Zidlicky was "day-to-day" with an unspecified injury he sustained in the second period of Game 5 against the Flyers on Tuesday.
Zidlicky, who was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild
on Feb. 24, was shaken up 8:14 into the second after taking a crunching hit from Philadelphia's Wayne Simmonds
in the left-wing corner. He did return to the game and played four more shifts but sat out the entire third period.
Volchenkov took a hard hit from Zac Rinaldo
in the opening period and, despite taking several minutes before returning the bench, was able to finish the game.
Right wing Dainius Zubrus
, who practiced with the team on Thursday, was also skating hard on Saturday. The veteran forward sustained a charley horse on a hit from Rinaldo in the second period on Tuesday.
Devils coach Peter DeBoer
conducted a double session on Saturday in preparation for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday.
The Devils will either play host to the Washington Capitals
at Prudential Center or visit Madison Square Garden to face the New York Rangers
. New Jersey's opponent will be determined on Saturday when the Capitals and Rangers play in Game 7 in Manhattan.
Here were the line combinations during the first session of Devils practice on Saturday:
- Travis Zajac
- Ilya Kovalchuk
- Patrik Elias
- David Clarkson
- Adam Henrique
- Dainius Zubrus
- Stephen Gionta
- Steve Bernier
- Tim Sestito
- Cam Janssen
- Mark Fayne
- Marek Zidlicky
- Adam Larsson
- Peter Harrold
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