Jan 21, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) scores a goal on St. Louis Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) during the second period at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Whitney Recalled From Albany; Henrique X-Ray Negative

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After months of lobbying, my wish has finally been fulfilled.

Joe Whitney is finally getting a chance in the NHL. Not only that, he is the next candidate to play on the top line with Jaromir Jagr and Travis Zajac.

Lou Lamoriello stated (Per Tom Gulitti):

“With everybody becoming healthy we’ve got to try to find a left wing for Travis and Jagr, so we’re going to give Joe a chance. He’s leading us in scoring in the minors, he led us last year and he deserves the opportunity.”

In 40 games for the Albany Devils this season, Whitney has 16 goals and 20 assists.

It is interesting to see that the Devils are holding “tryouts” for the top LW position. If no one is a suitable replacement, maybe Boucher is recalled to fill the hole?

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Adam Henrique received an X-ray on his thumb today to check for any damage. The results were negative and is just feeling soreness.

Henrique informed the media today that he expects to play tomorrow night.

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Jan 21, 2014; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Damien Brunner (12) congratulates goalie Cory Schneider (35) after defeating the St. Louis Blues 7-1 at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Pete DeBoer informed the media today that Cory Schneider will be the person in net tomorrow night against the Washington Captials.

Schneider is coming off of his 8th win of the season. He is starting his 7th game of the month which is the most of any month this season. Schneider has not faced the Capitals this season.

Some additional splits regarding Schneider via ESPN.com:

At home: 5-2-3, 1.36 goals-against average, .941 save percentageJanuary: 3-1-2, 1.13 GAA, .958 SV%
Friday: 1-3-2, 2.15 GAA, .903 SV%

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We are 3 days into our first To Draft or Not To Draft poll of 2014 at Pucks and Pitchforks. Possible draft choice Anthony DeAngelo takes center stage in this edition as I ask at the end:

To Draft or Not To Draft?

Results to this point:

Votes are currently deadlocked at 50%. 5 voters have chosen yes while 5 have chosen no.

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Yesterday, I posed the question of who should start in Sunday’s Stadium Series game against the New York Rangers.

Right now, it is looking like a landslide. Brodeur is dominating with 92% (22 votes) of the votes with Schneider earning 8% (2 votes). Even though the clear choice looks like Brodeur, it does not mean you can’t vote yourselves.

To vote on either of these polls, follow the links in both sections.

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