Injured center Adam Henrique joined the Devils for their morning skate Friday, another sign his return timetable is right on track. Pete DeBoer said Tuesday that he expected Henrique back in a week to 10 days, which would put Henrique on target for Jan. 31 against the Islanders or Feb. 2 against the Penguins. Coincidentally, Stefan Matteau’s five-game trial runs out Tuesday, Jan. 29. Just saying.
DeBoer said he doesn’t expect accompany the team on its trip to Montreal and Boston and Henrique wasn’t sure this morning if he will practice with the team Saturday before its flight to Montreal for Sunday’s game.
Henrique, who had surgery Nov. 29 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, said he is not shooting at full strength yet. He only started shooting the puck four or five days ago and today was just his second day shooting on the ice.
Henrique said he has not targeted a specific game for his reteurn, but DeBoer’s week-to-10 days estimation sounds about right to him.
“Around there,” he said. “Right now, it’s still taking it a day at a time trying to get strength back in the shot and used to handling pucks and skating out there. Obviously, it’s going to take a bit to get back into game shape.”
That likely means Mattias Tedenby has until Jan. 31 to prove he belongs in the Devils’ top two lines or risk getting dropped to the fourth line in place of Matteau.