Left wing Jay Pandolfo said he will not play in Friday night's home game against Montreal because of the "pelvis area" injury he sustained in the third period of Wednesday's 4-2 win over Dallas. "I won't be able to play tomorrow," he said. "It's disappointing. You never want to be hurt, but, hopefully, it's not that bad. I think it's day to day."
Pandolfo's ironman man streak will end at 307 consecutive regular season games (the third longest in team history). He last missed a regular season game on Jan. 18, 2003 against Carolina because of a mild concussion (that was the last of four consecutive games he sat out). He did not rule out playing in Sunday's home game against Atlanta.
Pandolfo, who was at Prudential Center today for treatment and did not practice, was still vague about the exact nature of his injury, but did say it was "in the pelvis area" and not his groin muscles. He fell after taking an off-balance shot and slammed back first into the boards.
"I hit my lower back against the boards, but it kind of shifted everything in front," Pandolfo said. "It shifted my pelvis. I feel a lot better actually this morning than I did last night."
Center John Madden was the only other player to sit out today's practice, but he said it was just for "a little extra rest." Devils coach Brent Sutter said the coaching staff has discussed dressing seven defensemen again in Friday's game because Pandolfo won't be able to play, but won't make that decision until Friday morning. Although Sutter wouldn't commit to it, he seemed to be leaning toward putting defenseman Andy Greene back in the lineup after he was healthy scratch Wednesday. Greene was paired with Paul Martin in today's practice. Mike Mottau, who played Wednesday, was paired with Johnny Oduya (also a healthy scratch Wednesday).
Sutter also put Colin White with Karel Rachunek in another pairing. Vitaly Vishnevski and Sheldon Brookbank were the only defense duo from Wednesday's game to stay together.
Today's line combinations and defense pairs:
Forwards: Parise-Elias-Gionta; Zubrus-Zajac-Langenbrunner; Rupp-empty-Clarkson; Brylin-Pelley-Asham.
Defense: Greene-Martin; White-Rachunek; Vishnevski-Brookbank; Oduya-Mottau.