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Even though the Devils' playoff chances are finished for 2013, we can still look back at some great moments in New Jersey's playoff history.

On April 25...

1993- Claude Lemieux scores two goals, and Chris Terreri stopped 30 of 31 shots as New Jersey staved off elimination with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Patrick Division semifinals at Brendan Byrne Arena. The Devils lost 5-3 in game five and were eliminated by the Pens.

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The Devils arrived in Winnipeg on Wednesday and held a 1:30 p.m. practice at the arena. As for participants, everyone on the trip took part, including Ryan Carter.

Carter, who has been sidelined by concussion-like symptoms, skated on the fourth line, rotating in and out with Stefan Matteau, Krys Barch, Bobby Butler and recent callup Tim Sestito. The rejiggered fourth line is part of Pete DeBoer's recent trend of trying new forward combos over the past week in an attempt to wake up the Devils' slumping offense.

Here are the other line pairings for the day:

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Andrei Loktionov, Devils, Devs, Ilya Kovalchuk, Injury Report, Lineup Changes, New Jersey Devils, PATRIK ELIAS, Practice Reports, Ryan Carter, TRAVIS ZAJAC
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Greetings from the Prudential Center on this wonderful Thursday morning. The Devils had a morning skate prior to tonight's game against the New York Islanders, which, believe it or not, is a battle for first place in the Atlantic Division. It's only been five games, but who woulda thunk that before the season started? Just goes to show the Devils play in the toughest division in hockey.

There were a couple of notable participants in the skate this morning: Adam Henrique and Stefan Matteau. Now, as of press time (10:40ish a.m.), neither player is locked in to playing tonight, or in Matteau's case, locked in to staying in the NHL this season. Still, in Henrique's case, it's a clear sign that he's as close to returning as he's been all season. We'll just have to see if he's in the lineup tonight.

The Devils defensemen worked on taking shots from the point while the forwards ran dump and support drill that saw one man chase a puck into the corner while the other circled back around the faceoff dot and into the slot. The Devils continue to work on different aspects of their forecheck in every practice I've been to, and rightfully so. It's one of the most important parts of their game -- if not the most important.

Tags: ADAM HENRIQUE, Devils, Devs, New Jersey Devils, Practice Report, Practice Reports, Stefan Matteau
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The Devils were back at it this morning, preparing for tomorrow's game against old friend Adam Oates, the new coach of the Washington Capitals.

Here's today's forwards with an interesting swap of LWs. I'll update this thread as we go along today.

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Travis Zajac had a full practice with the team today. Zajac was recovering from Achillies tendon surgery he had over the summer in an offseason incident. He is suspected to be in the lineup by Christmas but could be back in the lineup as early as next week.

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Ilya Kovalchuk practiced with the team today in Boston. Kovalchuk was skating as an extra forward in the beginning. He also had worked with both power play units playing the left point. The Devils take on the Boston Bruins tonight and it is still unsure if Kovalchuk will be in the lineup tonight.

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Again Ilya Kovalchuk missed practice this afternoon. He has been sidelined since November 3rd when he left the game in the 3rd period with what is being called a lower body injury. It was suspected that he may practice today but it did not happen. He is not ruled out for Friday against the Washington Capitals.

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Martin Brodeur is going to start tonight for the Devils at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Brodeur is coming off a shoulder injury that has kept him out since October 13th. Brodeur made the trip out west last week in hopes of coming back but was still not feeling well enough to dress. It should be interesting to see how Brodeur plays against the Leafs who are one of the hotter teams in the NHL.

Zach Parise is no longer center on the top line. He is moving back to left wing. Adam Henrique will be centering. Kovalchuk will be playing right wing.

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Lou Lamoriello has said that Martin Brodeur is "status quo" on recovering from the shoulder injury that happened against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday. In the mean time, the Devils called up Keith Kinkaid from Albany. Kinkaid took Brodeur's spot on the bench against the Predators on Saturday. You have to figure that if Brodeur is out of anymore time, Kinkaid is going to be their go to man to backup Johan Hedberg. Brodeur is going to see a doctor about his shoulder today.

Also, Peter DeBoer made some changes to the first line today by replacing Petr Sykora on the first line for Dainius Zubrus. Sykora centered on the third line with Mattias Tedenby and David Clarkson.

Tags: Adam Larsson, DAINIUS ZUBRUS, Johan Hedberg, Keith Kinkaid, Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils, Peter DeBoer, PETR SYKORA, Practice Report, Practice Reports, SNY
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Both Cam Janssen and Rod Pelley have been scratches for the Devils in their two regular season games. They are practicing with the 4th line today. Adam Henrique and Eric Bolton are dressed as extra skaters.

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