New Jersey Devils forwards Martin Havlat and Mike Cammalleri were participants in practice on Sunday and could be options for coach Pete DeBoer as the team travels to play the Boston Bruins Monday.
Havlat, who has a goal and three assists in five games this season, has missed eight games with a lower body injury. He also missed a game after suffering facial cuts during a game Oct. 16.
Cammalleri has missed six games after receiving an elbow to the jaw on Oct. 24. He told Tom Gulitti on Sunday that he wasn’t allowed to say whether he suffered a concussion.
Cory Schneider is expected to make his 15th consecutive start in Boston – he hails from nearby Marblehead, Massachusetts.
Ryane Clowe (head) and John Merrill (arm) did not participate in practice on Sunday.
The New Jersey Devils desperately need a win tonight in Buffalo, but they’ll have to earn it down a number of key players.
Captain Bryce Salvador, Anton Volchenkov, John Merrill, Stephen Gionta and Ryane Clowe will all miss tonight’s game with various ailments, per NHL.com. Clowe was the most recent to get hurt, as he exited last night’s win over Florida after a hard second period hit from Quinton Howden.
While Clowe won’t play tonight, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello did say the club expects him to play again this season. The gritty winger had been playing well of late, scoring six points in his last six games — including three against the Panthers, before getting hurt.
As for the big picture stuff, the Devils head into tonight’s game three points back of Columbus for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, but the Jackets do have a game in hand. What’s more, New Jersey has to deal with a Buffalo team that’s played them extremely tight this year — the Sabres took the Devils to OT in the first game (NJ won, 1-0) before beating the Devs 2-1 on Jan. 4.