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Henrique aiming for early February return

Jan 11, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

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Good thing Ilya Kovalchuk is coming back or the Devils might have been seriously shorthanded to start the season.

Instead, they’ll just be semi-seriously shorthanded.

Having already lost Zach Parise to free agency over the summer, New Jersey will also be without 22-year-old center Adam Henrique (thumb) until at least early February.

“It’s coming along. I haven’t started skating yet,” Henrique said, per The Star-Ledger. “Right now I’m just working out and going to therapy every day to just get the motion back and to get the strength back. We need to make sure we take the time to get it where it needs to be so I can play the same way I played before.”

Henrique’s 51 points put him fourth in team scoring in 2011-12, his first season in the NHL.

On the bright side, the Devils will have a “100 percent” healthy Travis Zajac after going without the 27-year-old center (torn left Achilles tendon) for all but 15 games of the 2011-12 regular season.

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  1. matt8204 - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    HENRIQUE! IT’S OVER!

    • busdriver71 - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      One of the great calls in NHL history.

      Thanks Doc!

      • martysbetter - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Even though they lost in the Finals, what a great run that was – the next best thing to the cup has to be beating the Flyers and Rangers in the playoffs.

  2. chasestern - Jan 11, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Can someone please explain to me why a thumb injury prevents one from skating?

    • mpg44 - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:55 PM

      In case of falling . First reaction is to put out your hand.

      • cshearing - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Yeah, but if you are conscious of it you should be able to suppress that urge.

        Going to be tricky to jump right back in without the conditioning.

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