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Rolston out vs. Ducks; Zubrus will play

by Eric Marin / New Jersey Devils
Rolston: Out of the lineup vs. Ducks
Brian Rolston has become the latest Devil forced to miss a game. Head coach Jacques Lemaire confirmed that the left winger, who did not practice this week, would not face Anaheim on Wednesday.

Rolston had been expected to join Wednesday's morning skate, but did not participate. Nor did Dainius Zubrus, although the pivot will be in Wednesday's lineup.

Rolston was said to be resting when he missed Monday's and Tuesday's practices.

"Not ready to play," said Lemaire on Wednesday. "Still resting."

Lemaire indicated Rolston was feeling better, but wasn't ready for game action. He said Rolston is a possibility for Thursday's game in Pittsburgh.

Zubrus said he simply needed some maintenance from the training staff.

"With three games in four nights, it was just maintenance," said Zubrus. "Nothing more than that. Practiced yesterday, practiced the day before."

Zubrus' status for the Anaheim game was never in doubt.

"I knew I was going to play tonight, but I asked the trainer if I could work on something," he said.

Forwards Rob Niedermayer (upper body) and Jay Pandolfo (shoulder) remain sidelined.

• Defenseman Matt Corrente skated Wednesday morning after being recalled from Lowell (AHL), where he was tied for second in team scoring with three goals and eight assists for 11 points in 15 games. His NHL debut could be right around the corner.

"It just comes from the simple game I've been playing," Corrente said. "Good things have been happening, and I hope to keep it going.

Lemaire said the 21-year-old rearguard was called up to help the team get through its upcoming stretch of three games in four nights. No Paul Martin (arm) or Johnny Oduya (lower body) means the Devils' defense corps will need all hands on deck until they can get healthy again.

"He plays an aggressive game," said Lemaire. "He’s not that offensive-type of defenseman. In his own zone, he’s good. You can rely on him and he plays, as I said, aggressive. He can bang, which is good."

Corrente learned of his new assignment on Tuesday, and drove down from Lowell that night. The Mississauga, Ontario, native was the Devils' 30th choice in 2006, and represents the fourth consecutive first-rounder currently on the roster, following Zach Parise (2003), Travis Zajac (2004) and Niclas Bergfors (2005).

"There's no question they, for sure, know what they're doing," Corrente said of the Devils' organization. "They like to develop players and I feel like I've developed. This is my chance and I'll try to do what I can with it."

The morning skate should help Corrente get acclimated.

"Now he’s practiced with us, he’s got a little feel," Lemaire said. "If anything happens, he’ll be ready to jump in."

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