Defenseman Colin White did not practice today and will not make the trip to St. Louis with the team today for Tuesday's game against the Blues because of what the team is calling an "upper body injury."
Devils coach Brent Sutter said White was injured in Saturday's win over the Rangers. White played the full game. In fact, he played more than seven minutes in the third period.
White has been bothered by a sore throat for more than a week, but that wasn't keeping him out of the lineup. I don't think this "upper body injury" is related to that, but I guess you never know.
Sutter said "at this point" there was no plan for White to join the team for Wednesday's game in Dallas either.
On the positive side for the Devils, Sutter said defenseman Bryce Salvador will play in St. Louis after missing the last five games with what the team is now calling a inner ear infection.
Salvador practiced with the team today for the first time since he last played on Dec. 17 in Buffalo and reported no problems.
"It felt good to be out there," he said.
Salvador was experiencing some dizziness and trouble with his balance because of the inner ear infection. He also had some pain in the ear. He said most of the pain is gone.
"Still some of the hearing is not back, but it's resolving itself," he said. "I'm cleared and (the doctors) feel pretty confident that the ear infection is resolved and it shouldn't affect my balance and stuff like that."
Salvador said he took steroids (orally and through injections) to treat the ear infection. (They were prescribled by a doctor, so don't worry about him failing any drug tests).
It will be Salvador's first game in St. Louis since the Blues traded him to the Devils for Cam Janssen on Feb. 26. Although Salvador admitted he wanted to get back to play in the city he called home for seven seasons -- he also spent three seasons in the Blues' minor league system -- he would not have rushed back if he wasn't ready to play.
"At the end of the day, it's one of those things you can't control," Salvador said. "I'm excited to go back to St. Louis, but if it didn't happen, it's not like I'm not going to have another opportunity to play in St. Louis."
Salavador said he planned to see some of his former teammates tonight, but probably wouldn't be able to visit with most of them until after the game Tuesday night.
Sutter said Salvador will play with Jay Leach, though he played with Paul Martin before he was injured. Martin will remain with Johnny Oduya instead.
"Johnny and Paul have played well together," Sutter said.
It might have been just because he let it slip, but Sutter actually admitted today that Scott Clemmensen will start in net Tuesday in St. Louis. I had asked him if both goaltenders might play in these upcoming back-to-back road games in St. Louis and Dallas.
"I don't know that," Sutter said. "We'll get through tomorrow night and see now Clemmer gets through it and then we'll decide going into Dallas what we want to do."
Kevin Weekes has not played since Dec. 13 against Buffalo.
Mike Rupp and Janssen were pretty good friends during Janssen's two-plus seasons with the Devils, but Rupp said he had not spoken to him "in a while" and wasn't sure if he was going to get together with him tonight in St. Louis. I asked Rupp if it would be difficult to drop the gloves against Janssen if the situation arises.
"From a personal standpoint, I always liked Janny," Rupp said. "Janny's a great guy. But we're playing the game of hockey and we're trying to win hockey games and if anybody on the other team is trying to get under our skin and do something, we've got to respond."
Would it be strange fighting somehone who he was friends with?
"You don't have a choice but to put it out of your head," Rupp said.
Does Rupp know all of Janssen's tendencies when he fights?
"He's a ball of energy," Rupp said. "That's all I know."