The news of the captain's injury also came one day after the team said Henrik Tallinder wouldn't make the trip to Carolina due to a lower-body injury. The two injuries leave the Devils with just six healthy defensemen for the moment and they don't plan to recall a defensman from Albany to fill out the roster. Part of that is probably because DeBoer says it's possible one, if not both, could play tomorrow against Winnipeg.
Not serious? Where have we heard that before? I'm kidding, although I do wonder if this is the reason why his play has been sagging in recent game. More than likely, it sounds this might be similar to what we talked about earlier. Salvador is banged up and struggling with his play, so the Devils are giving him a day off away from the rink to heal up a bit and give him some time to figure out why he's struggling. I would be surprised if he didn't get back in the lineup tomorrow when the Devils return home. If he doesn't then this may be something a little more serious to worry about. For now, I'm viewing it as Salvador getting a maintenance day.
As for Tallinder, I'm a little less optimistic about tomorrow. I know DeBoer said he left him home because the Devils have extra defensemen, but that's because they knew he wouldn't play. The nature of his injury is still a little mysterious considering that he took part in the morning skate Thursday but then was a sudden scratch about a half hour before the game. I'm wondering he pulled his groin or maybe sprained a knee during the skate. Either way, this is why the Devils are carrying eight defensemen, although I'm still not a fan of that allocation of resources. The Devils were clearly concerned about the little nicks and pulls and strains that can pop up during a compact schedule and worried about how those injuries would affect an aging defensive corps. So tonight Adam Larsson gets back in and Peter Harrold survives to play another day.