New Jersey Devils
general manager Lou Lamoriello informed local reporters on Wednesday that defenseman Marek Zidlicky
is "day-to-day" with an unspecified injury he sustained in the second period of Game 5 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center.
According to The Star-Ledger, Lamoriello refused to reveal the nature of Zidlicky's injury but said he should be fine for the conference finals.
When asked if the injury should be a concern, Lamoriello said "No."
Zidlicky, acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild
on Feb. 24, was shaken up 8:14 into the second period 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.
Zidlicky has been a key cog along the Devils blue line in the playoffs, producing one goal, six points and a plus-3 rating in 12 games.
"Zid brings more mobility to our defense," Devils goalie Martin Brodeur
said. "He's balanced our defense even more and that's why it was so important to pick up a guy like that, especially when you lose a guy like [Henrik Tallinder
]. That created a hole that Zid was able to fill pretty good."