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Devils to enter Saturday’s game without Elias, Henrique, Josefson

Apr 5, 2014, 6:21 PM EST

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The New Jersey Devils managed to dig deep and gut out a 2-1 win against the Washington Capitals on Friday, even with injuries piling up. They won’t get much time to take a breather, either, as they turn around to a Saturday game against the Carolina Hurricanes with those bumps and bruises forcing lineup changes.

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Devils will be without the services of Patrik Elias, Adam Henrique and Jacob Josefson tonight because of injuries suffered during last night’s game against the Capitals.

The Devils will skate with 11 forwards and seven defensemen, as Steve BernierStephen Gionta and Tim Sestito slide into their places.

Head coach Peter DeBoer tried to put a positive spin on the situation while noting that the Devils decided a minor league call-up wouldn’t be worth it.

“Same thing we dealt with last night,” DeBoer said. “The nice thing is we have some fresh legs going into the lineup with Bernier and Gionta and Sestito. In a back-to-back situation that’s not a bad thing. Obviously we’re missing some key people but I like the idea we’re getting some fresh legs in.”

Elias, 37, suffered an upper-body injury thanks to this unfortunate break:

Josefson seemed to suffer a leg injury while Henrique’s issue is undisclosed.

The Devils must soldier on anyway, and the Hurricanes – while uneven – present some upset threat. They thwarted the playoff-desperate Dallas Stars 4-1 on Thursday, for one.

  1. bleedrangerblue - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Devils it’s over. It’s been over. Bye Marty been fun through the years. The devils are an old folks home.

  2. 950003cups - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    You guys didn’t look too tough tonight. They vowed out their chests and each ranger on the ice got punched in the face and did nothing affective to retaliate. You’ll get rocked in round one. You can’t be the weakest team in the playoffs and win a best of seven series.

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