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Devils place Kinkaid, Gibbons on IR

The Devils practiced Sunday without Keith Kinkaid and Brian Gibbons, who were both placed on injured reserve

by Amanda Stein @AmandaCStein /

The New Jersey Devils were handed some bad news on Sunday afternoon.

Both goaltender Keith Kinkaid and forward Brian Gibbons have been placed on the injured reserve list.

Kinkaid has a groin injury, sustained at the 12:15 mark of the first period on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, while Brian Gibbons broke his thumb on the penalty kill just 41 seconds into the second period, blocking a shot.

The Devils practiced on Sunday as they prepare for a back-to-back set of games, hosting the Red Wings on Monday and visiting the Bruins on Tuesday.

"Like we always say, it's about who's in the lineup, not who's out," coach John Hynes said. "And the focus has to be on the group that is playing tomorrow, and make sure that we're ready to play the right way."

With Gibbons out, forward Blake Coleman will draw back into the lineup against Detroit on Monday.

Taylor Hall was the only other player missing from practice. He took a maintenance day, and his status against the Red Wings will be evaluated on Monday morning. The expectation is that Hall will be good to go against Detroit.

Goaltender Cory Schneider was on the ice for practice, he has missed the last two games battling an illness. Schneider says he's back to 100 percent.

"I think I'm good to go," Schneider said. "A couple good skates yesterday and today and be ready to go with Keith's status up in the air, it's important that I get back. I feel good, and am ready to go."

Hynes said that "the expectation" is that Schneider will start against the Red Wings on Monday. As for a backup, rookie Ken Appleby who made his NHL debut in relief for Kinkaid on Saturday will remain with the big club for the time being.

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