We'll start with the most recently injured, Loktionov, who has one of those wonderful "undisclosed" injuries.
As for Tallinder and Zubrus:
Let's start with Loktionov, who left Friday's loss to the Flyers with some sort of "undisclosed" injury. By the end of the first period Saturday it was obvious how much the Devils (and Ilya Kovalchuk specifically) missed Loktionov's presence in the lineup. Kovy didn't look lost, but he certainly looked like he was missing a partner in crime, which is crazy to think about for so many reasons. More importantly, it forced Pete DeBoer to shuffle an already-limited lineup even further. Don't get me wrong, DeBoer loves to shuffle the chess pieces, but like any other coach prefers to do so as his behest. Without Loktionov, DeBoer had to jack up every single line just to have enough centermen in place. Patrik Elias ended up skating up top, which was a pretty strong indictment of how much Adam Henrique and Travis Zajac are struggling this season. Unfortunately, since the Devils refuse to give any news on Loktionov's injury, it's hard to know when he'll be back. He would certainly be welcome against a Rangers team that will likely be playing desperate hockey.
As for the veteran duo of Tallinder and Zubrus, safe to say DeBoer would love for Zubrus to return as soon as possible, even though Tallinder is the closer of the two. Tallinder would be a nice presence on the back end that would give the Devils back some of their depth on the blue line, but the Devils have players that can either do what he does well enough for the Devils not to really miss him a ton. Zubrus, on the other hand, has been noticeably absent since getting hurt earlier in the season. I don't expect him to come back and completely change the way the Devils play, but I do know that his presence has been missed on the left wing of the first line. It also will allow them to not have to rely on Alexei Ponikarovsky to play first-line minutes on a consistent basis while also allowing DeBoer to roll four consistent lines on a nightly basis. With Matteay back in junior, Zubrus' return would mean players like Krys Barch and Harri Pesonen return to being the spare parts they should be. Zubrus is only days away from the five-week mark of his original timetable of four to six weeks, so he'll need to return next week if he wants to avoid pushing that timeline back.