Oct 3, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) before the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils Practice Notes: 10/21

The New Jersey Devils practice session was at 1 PM EST at the AmeriHealth Pavilion in preparation for their matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow night in Columbus, OH.

Here are some noteworthy things from Tom Gulitti:

  • Damien Brunner (upper-body), Bryce Salvador (hip), Stephen Gionta (left knee) practiced today after taking Sunday off. Salvador and Gionta will play in Columbus. Brunner “feels good” but Pete DeBoer will wait till tomorrow to make a definitive call.
  • Ryane Clowe (head) is eligible to be activated off of IR but did not practice today.
  • Patrik Elias (flu) still is not practicing and will not travel with team to Columbus. “I’m not sure what it is, but obviously more significant than just a flu.” – DeBoer per Tom Gulitti.
  • DeBoer will “probably” stay with same 6 D-Men following the shutout win.
  • Cory Schneider will start on Tuesday following the spectacular showing on Saturday. Martin Brodeur – “Pretty easy decision for the coach.” – per Tom Gulitti

My Spin:

  • Maybe the Devils made a good call keeping Clowe off the ice as apparently something is still keeping him off the ice as he hasn’t resumed skating.
  • It’s good to see that Salvador and Gionta will be definitely playing and Brunner is on track to play.
  • I will be the first to admit I am wrong. Brodeur will not start but, as he said, it wasn’t a tough call.
  • Normally, I would be angry about Adam Larsson likely sitting out again but the defense just came off a shutout so maybe something clicked. It never hurts to try it out.
  • I hope Elias is OK. He seems to have something worse than the flu unless it is a wicked flu.


The New Jersey Devils will go back at it tomorrow night. They will certainly try to keep the momentum going.

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