Another day, another injured Devil back at practice.
Center Bobby Holik is practicicing with the team this morning at Prudential Center. It's his first practice since he fractured his right pinky on Oct. 18 in Washington.
Holik had been skating for a week on his own.
Rookie forward Petr Vrana is not here. He has been assigned to Lowell on a conditioning stint. He does not have to clear waivers to go on an conditioning assignment and still counts against the team's NHL roster. Lowell has four games in five days, beginning with Wednesday night's home game against Springfield.
All of the rest of the healthy Devils are present and accounted for. With Holik practicing, defenseman Andy Greene (broken right hand) and Martin Brodeur (torn left biceps tendon) are the only injured Devils not on the ice.
Holik is wearing a green jersey, putting him on the "fifth line" with Barry Tallackson. He is taking part in all of the drills. They are doing one-on-one down low drills right now. Holik went against Mike Rupp.
Brian Rolston, who is coming back from a high right ankle sprain, is practicing for the second day in a row. He's on the fourth line again with Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond and Rupp.
John Madden (bruised left ankle) is also practicing again and in his usual spot with Jay Pandolfo and David Clarkson.
Vrana's departure (he can only stay in Lowell for two weeks on a conditioning stint) probably means at least Madden will make his return on Thursday night in Philadelphia.
Today's line combinations and defense pairings.
Forwards: Parise-Zajac-Langenbrunner; Elias-Zubrus-Gionta; Pandolfo-Madden-Clarkson; Leblond-Rupp-Rolston; (empty)-Holik-Tallackson.
Defensemen: Salvador-Martin; White-Oduya; Salmela-Mottau; Brookbank (extra).
Goaltenders: Weekes, Clemmensen.