May 30, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Dainius Zubrus (top) knocks Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter off his skates during the second period in game one of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Zubrus Returns Tonight Against The Islanders

February 3, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Dainius Zubrus (8) controls the puck against the New York Islanders during the first period of an NHL game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Dainius Zubrus will return to the New Jersey Devils lineup tonight, against the New York Islanders. Zubrus is coming back from a wrist injury that occurred on February 5th against the New York Rangers. After having surgery on February 14th, he is now ready to play and is expected to play on the Devils’ third line with Adam Henrique and recently acquired Matt D’Agostini.

While often overlooked, Zubrus is a key component to the undersized Devils offense. He possesses the  ability to fight for loose pucks along the boards and decent speed for his size – a rare combination in New Jersey. Zubrus had his best year in a Devils uniform last year, tallying 17 goals and 27 assists for a total of 44 points, tying him for 6th on the team. With the departure of Petr Sykora (44 points) and Zach Parise (69 points) Zubrus’ contribution is even more important this season.

 

 

 

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