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Henrique still out; Devils recall Josefson, Mills

by Mike G. Morreale
NEWARK, N.J. -- Rookie center Adam Henrique will miss his second straight game for the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday when the club opens a six-game home stand against the Winnipeg Jets at Prudential Center.
Henrique, who returned to the ice for a 20-minute skate Monday morning to test a groin injury that kept him out of the Devils 2-1 win over Winnipeg on Saturday, wasn't a participant at Tuesday's skate but did skate on his own prior to the team practice.
The Devils recalled centers Jacob Josefson and Brad Mills from their American Hockey League affiliate in Albany on Tuesday morning and both players will be in the lineup against the Jets. Josefson, who has missed 37 games with a broken right clavicle suffered Oct. 21 against the San Jose Sharks, played two games in Albany, producing 1 goal and two penalty minutes.
"[Devils general manager] Lou [Lamoriello] saw Josefson in Albany and reports out of there were all good," Devils coach Peter DeBoer said. "Out of necessity, sometimes you have to move guys in maybe sooner than you want to. But he's healthy and we think he can help us."
In five games with the Devils this season, Josefson has 1 assist and a plus-1 rating. He'll open Tuesday's game centering left wing Ryan Carter and right wing Mattias Tedenby.
"We'll start it that way," DeBoer said. "It gives us some flexibility up the middle. I want him to get out there and feel good about himself. A lot like when Travis [Zajac] first game back from his injury. This will be a slow build to where he needs to get to, and we have to be prepared for that."
Zajac, meanwhile, is sidelined through the All-Star break with an Achilles problem.
"He's back here resting and he'll shut it down for two weeks; then I believe he'll see the doctor and go from there," DeBoer said. "Hopefully, then he'll get the green light to go again."
DeBoer said Henrique, who is second among rookies in scoring with 34 points (13 goals), could return to the lineup on Thursday against the Boston Bruins.
"[Henrique] is getting better and feeling better every day," DeBoer said. "I think if tonight was a playoff game, you might see him in the lineup. But I think we're looking long-term at this, and he'll skate [Wednesday] and practice with us as long as he keeps progressing the way he is."
With Henrique out, Dainius Zubrus will again center the top line between Zach Parise and Ilya Kovalchuk. Petr Sykora, who sat out Monday's practice for some "rest," was back on the ice Tuesday alongside Patrik Elias and David Clarkson.
Martin Brodeur will start in goal for the Devils. The Jets, coming off a 2-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday, didn't practice on Tuesday. Ondrej Pavelec is expected to get the start in goal for the Jets, although Chris Mason is coming off a 25-save shutout.
Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday night's game between the Jets and Devils at Prudential Center:
Zach Parise - Dainius Zubrus - Ilya Kovalchuk
Petr Sykora - Patrik Elias - David Clarkson
Ryan Carter - Jacob Josefson - Mattias Tedenby
Eric Boulton - Steven Zalewski - Brad Mills
Bryce Salvador - Adam Larsson
Henrik Tallinder - Mark Fayne
Anton Volchenkov - Kurtis Foster
Martin Brodeur gets the start; Johan Hedberg will serve as backup.
Andrew Ladd - Nik Antropov - Kyle Wellwood
Evander Kane - Bryan Little - Alexander Burmistrov
Antti Miettinen - Tim Stapleton - Eric Fehr
Tanner Glass - Jim Slater - Chris Thorburn
Tobias Enstrom - Ron Hainsey
Johnny Oduya - Mark Flood
Mark Stuart - Randy Jones
Ondrej Pavelec is the expected starter; Chris Mason to serve as backup.
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