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.