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Devils' Josefson returns to lineup for Stadium Series

by Mike G. Morreale

NEW YORK -- New Jersey Devils left wing Jacob Josefson will be in the lineup for the first time in almost a month on Sunday against the New York Rangers in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series (12:30 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC) at Yankee Stadium.

Josefson will fill in on the team's top line alongside center Travis Zajac and right wing Jaromir Jagr. The Devils re-assigned Joe Whitney to the team's American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany Devils, on Saturday to make room for the 22-year-old Swede. Whitney made his NHL debut with Zajac and Jagr on Friday in a victory against the Washington Capitals.

Josefson acknowledged he was informed of the decision prior to the team's arrival at Yankee Stadium.

"I've been working hard outside of the lineup, trying to get back and show them in practices and this is a good opportunity," Josefson said. "When you haven't played in a while it's the same situation as always, you want to prove yourself and I might as well make the best of it."

Josefson, who has one assist and two penalty minutes in 16 games this season, last played Dec. 23 in a 5-2 loss against the Chicago Blackhawks. He produced his only point of the season in that game.

"I like the chemistry on three of the four lines so far and I like Zajac and Jagr together," Devils coach Pete DeBoer said. "We just have to find a piece with them. Jacob Josefson will get that chance [Sunday]."

Here are the probable line combinations on Sunday for the Devils:

Jacob Josefson - Travis Zajac - Jaromir Jagr

Dainius Zubrus - Patrik Elias - Damien Brunner

Ryane Clowe - Adam Henrique - Michael Ryder

Ryan Carter - Stephen Gionta - Steve Bernier

Andy Greene - Mark Fayne

Bryce Salvador - Marek Zidlicky

Eric Gelinas - Anton Volchenkov

Martin Brodeur

Cory Schneider

Scratched: Andrei Loktionov, Jon Merrill

Injured: Peter Harrold (foot)


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