First, as previously reported, Brian Gionta and Bryce Salvador were supposedly returning to play Sunday against the Edmonton Oilers as they were not seriously injured Saturday at Detroit.
Well, the Devils were not so lucky. But Gionta and Salvador stayed off the ice on Sunday. Brian Gionta complained of overall soreness, and Salvador did come out for the pre-game skate, but decided against it.
To make matters worse, the Devils came out of the back-to-back weekend games without a single point. Sure you could blame this on the dozens of injuries the Devils are currently dealing with. But who wants to make up excuses?
The Devils did have another scare tonight, when Mike Mottau was hit in the face with a stray puck. Yes, he was sitting on the bench minding his own business when a shot around the boards came up and struck him right in the face. He did leave quickly, but eventually returned later that period, with no apparent scratches or marks.
Brent Sutter, whose apparently very tired of his injury prone team, hung his head as Mottau was rushed to the dressing room.
Scott Clemmensen took the start tonight, as Sutter doesn’t wish to wear out Weekes. But Clemmensen did miss a what should have been an easy shot, as it went between his legs and in to the net. While I’d love to pin this on the goaltender as being his fault, the Devils only scored one goal, and yet again, Zach Parise got it.
Zach Parise now leads the Devils with 11 goals; he finds himself in second place in the league.
Perhaps when Rolston returns, as well as some of the other injured Devils, we will see more offense. Nevertheless, until then, the Devils will have a mostly minor league team as most of Lowell finds themselves on the Devils roster.