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Devils’ captain Salvador (wrist) out tonight vs. Ottawa

Apr 12, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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Fighting for their playoff lives, the New Jersey Devils will be without another key contributor on Friday.

Captain Bryce Salvador will miss tonight’s game against the Senators with a wrist injury, according to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record. He’ll join Ilya Kovalchuk (shoulder) and Johan Hedberg (back) on the shelf.

Salvador, 37, was injured during Wednesday’s 5-3 loss to the Bruins after blocking a Zdeno Chara slapshot. The veteran defenseman ended up logging just 6:15 of ice time and doesn’t appear to be feeling much better after a day of rest.

“Not good enough to play,” was how Devs head coach Peter DeBoer described Salvador’s wrist.

Salvador has had a rough season after signing a three-year, $9.5 million extension with New Jersey during the summer. He has just two points through 39 games and is an ugly minus-12, but does sit third on the time in ice time (21:20 per game)

The Devils, meanwhile, have lost eight straight and are in serious danger of not making the playoffs, this after getting to the Stanley Cup finals a year ago. They currently sit 10th in the East with 40 points, four back of the eighth-place Rangers.

The last team to make the Cup finals and fail to make the playoffs the following season was the 2006-07 Edmonton Oilers.

  1. withseidelinn - Apr 12, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    They’re done.

  2. mule93 - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Ottawa did miss the playoffs in 2008-09 but that was *two* years after their finals appearance in 06–07. In the actual following season (2007-08) they lost to Pittsburgh in the 1st round.

    • Mike Halford - Apr 12, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Yes, the post has been amended to note that Edmonton (2006-07) is the last team to make the finals and miss the playoffs the year later.

  3. crazemastercraze - Apr 12, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    They need scoring, not defense. I’ll quote Col. Troutman:”It’s over Johnny…..IT’S OVER!”.

  4. gbditka - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    The season was over once Bryce Salvador was awarded the “C” — slap in the face to Elias and Kovalchuk and based on Bryce’s performance this year — the team is following the leader to a golf course in May!

  5. c1md6 - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Hahaha you lizards really thought the devil dogs were as good as their playoff run?!?! They’re playing like they should play, a basement team with no talent, wake up lizards

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