More Devils injury woes: Volchenkov out with lower-body injury

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Zach Parise might be facing his old team on Sunday night, but don’t blame him if he notices a lack of familiar faces. Anton Volchenkov is the latest New Jersey Devils player to be added to the injured list with a lower-body issue, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

This comes on the heels of word that fellow blueliner Peter Harrold had an MRI and will be out “a while.”

And the team is already without Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac, who didn’t even travel with the team to Minnesota. Oh yeah, Ryane Clowe and Bryce Salvador have been banged up for a while, too …

Devils head coach Peter DeBoer admits this is about as bad as things have been for him in New Jersey, injury-wise.

“I think so. I think that’s fair to say,” DeBoer said. “We’ve been fairly healthy. It seems like when it rains it pours. With Salvador out and Clowe out, and Zajac and Elias going down.The unfortunate part is a couple (injuries) aren’t even game-related. They’re either practice or pre-game ritual related.”

Those must be some dangerous rituals.