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Langenbrunner out for at least Games 3 and 4

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The Devils boards are saying it's a groin injury...if so, I wouldn't expect him back at all this series. The Devils do have Bobby Holik to plug in at center as he's been a scratch. With almost 140 playoff games under his belt, the Devils are fortunate to be able to put in Holik versus an inexperienced rookie. Still a big loss for NJ though to lose Langenbrunner.

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Didn't realize Holik was a Center, but figured he might be up for it. Great, we get to see the ugliest mug in the NHL!

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^ I think Olli Jokinen takes that prize. Holik is a distant second...

According to this http://www.njdevs.com/forums/index.php?s=&showtopic=44499&view=findpost&p=744539' target="_blank">link[/post], it's Roddy. Compared to the two mentioned above, he's freakin' Fabio. You'll also see a wonder example in that link of Devils fans eating their own. Classy group they are.

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Didn't realize Holik was a Center, but figured he might be up for it. Great, we get to see the ugliest mug in the NHL!

They have scratch him the first two games because he takes penalties and they didn't want us to be on PPs. I hope they are right about him taking penalities, we need more practice on the PPs.....................

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From the Star-Tribune:

New Jersey Devils refuse to panic with captain Jamie Langenbrunner out with injury

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ordinarily, this might be the time for panic to grip the Devils.

Jamie Langenbrunner, their captain and one-third of the team's top line, will miss the next two playoff games against the Carolina Hurricanes and could be lost for the entire Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with what is being called a lower body injury.

However, this is a Devils team that played 50 games without goalie Martin Brodeur and did quite well. Several other key players missed time and the Devils survived.

"All year we bragged about the depth of our team," Brodeur said Saturday. "Now we'll be tested."

That will start Sunday night when the Devils and Hurricanes meet in Game 3 of their best-of-seven series at the RBC Center. The series is even at one game apiece.

Langenbrunner did not make the trip to Raleigh, remaining home with what could be a knee injury suffered with five minutes remaining in the second period Friday night. He limped off the ice, sat on the bench for a few moments and then went to the dressing room.

He has not been available for comment.

"Jamie Langenbrunner will not be with us on this trip," general manager Lou Lamoriello said at the team's hotel. "He'll be out these next two games. We'll see how he is when we get back. He's not out of the series.

"We don't know exactly where it transpired, but he felt it at a certain point. It's too early to tell if he can play in Game 5. We certainly hope so."

Langenbrunner missed almost two months at the start of last season following surgery for a groin/sports hernia, but Lamoriello said this injury is not related to previous problems.

The 33-year-old right winger is an inspiring leader, not to mention the anchor for young stars Zach Parise and Travis Zajac.

"It's tough. He's our captain. He had an unbelievable year for us," Jay Pandolfo said. "But during the playoffs you're going to go through adversity. Marty missed 50 games and Clemmer and Weeksie stepped up and did a good job. You need other guys to step up."

One of those guys is Brian Rolston, who was called out by coach Brent Sutter after Game 2. Sutter denied that he was challenging Rolston by saying, "The Brian Rolstons have to step up."

Rolston felt the coach was sending a message.

"I suppose he was. It doesn't bother me," Rolston said. "It doesn't surprise me at all. I'm looking forward to the opportunity. With Jamie out, maybe I'll be given the opportunity to play the point on the first power-play unit. I'm not nervous about it. I'm ready for whatever he gives me."

"No, I was just naming him as one guy possibly to have that opportunity," Sutter said. "I have an idea of what we might be doing with our lines. How that plays out, we'll see. I don't want to disrupt too much."

Sutter, who used Patrik Elias in Langenbrunner's spot on the top line after the injury, would not reveal his plans. Rolston could move to that spot or Elias might remain there, although the coach feels that hurts the Dainius Zubrus-Brian Gionta line.

"How does it impact Gio when you take him off that line?" Sutter said of Elias. "What is the right fit for Travis and Zach? If Rolston is asked, he's going to have to play the right side.

"Obviously your captain is coming out of the lineup. It'll give someone else an opportunity. I have an idea what we might be doing with our lines. How that plays out, we'll see. I don't want to disrupt too much."

Sutter would not even commit to putting Bobby Holik back in the lineup.

They've survived injuries to key players before and the Devils feel they can do so again.

"We're missing our captain," John Madden said. "Obviously he plays on the top line. He does a lot of things for us -- he plays on the power play, kills penalties and scores goals for us. We have a lot of holes to fill.

"No disrespect to Jamie, but if one guy goes down, no matter who he is, we have to pick up the pieces or we don't deserve to be here."

Hurricanes coach Paul Maurice agreed.

"Jamie Langenbrunner is a really important piece to any team," Maurice said. "That's the kind of player he is, but New Jersey's strength is their structure. It always has been. They're a team that survives injuries. You take a guy like Brodeur out and they played exceptionally well. And they've always been able to do that, lose key players and have enough depth that it doesn't affect their game. That's what Lou Lamoriello has done with that team."

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According to this http://www.njdevs.com/forums/index.php?s=&showtopic=44499&view=findpost&p=744539' target="_blank">link[/post], it's Roddy. Compared to the two mentioned above, he's freakin' Fabio. You'll also see a wonder example in that link of Devils fans eating their own. Classy group they are.

:unsure: We make fun of Bobby all the time. The dude looks like Frankenstein.

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:unsure: We make fun of Bobby all the time. The dude looks like Frankenstein.

Exactly - and not the Peter Boyle Frankenstein, the Boris Karloff version! Looks like he's missing a couple of bolts in his neck. I do remember him being prone to penalties when he was with Atlanta.

Thanks for passing on the link iceboy...any time I'm tempted to think these boards are over-mod'ed, a look at a board like that brings me back. :) Roddy was voted worst nose in the NHL a couple of years ago...but you can fix a nose! :P

And thanks for the article post TSA...it always amazes me when a coach calls out a player in the press. I guess there's a time for such things, but it always seems classless to me. Incites the fanbase into booing rather than cheering, etc.

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