Eric Gelinas has returned to New Jersey to practice today after his day trip to Albany over the weekend. Bryce Salvador has been placed on injured reserve with a stress fracture on his foot. The move is retroactive to Tuesday but the plan is to keep him out for another “5-10″ days. This opens up a huge window of opportunity for Gelinas. If he continues to play well he could very well cement his spot on the NHL roster.
Cory Schneider has also been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Thursday. He will only miss one more game and could play on Saturday, November 2nd against the Philadelphia Flyers in Newark. This is all still due to the lingering soreness he has been feeling.
Ryane Clowe has been working out but has not skated to this point with the head injury still lingering.
Keith Kinkaid has also been sent down due to the 48-hour rule in the goalie exemption they used but he will be called back up for Tuesday’s game due to Schneider going on IR.
The Devils rolled with the same lines on the ice with Peter Harrold, Mattias Tedenby, and Jacob Josefson staying after practice and skating hard so they are the likely scratches for tomorrow’s game.
Following the win on Saturday, this seems like a golden opportunity for Martin Brodeur to make his presence felt on the goalie rotation and try to find a rhythm. There are so many bright spots from the last game, including a 4-for-7 powerplay effort that shot their ranking up to 8th in the NHL at 22.5%.
Aside from a few select games, the Devils forecheck has played well and now, it looks like they might be able to break through and string some wins together.
They have a hefty task set for them tomorrow at the Prudential Center against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Beware, not only am I watching (Devils are 2-0-0 when I don’t), I’m going.