Devils scratch injured Salvador for Game 7
Emergence of Andy Greene eases coach Sutter's mind about defence corps
New Jersey Devils head coach Brent Sutter likes the look of his top six defencemen and that's a good thing, considering Bryce Salvador's injured left knee isn't ready for game action.
Andy Greene will remain in the lineup for Game 7 of an Eastern Conference quarter-final against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.
"I don't want to change the makeup of our six 'D.' That's what it comes down to," Sutter said after the Devils' morning skate Tuesday. "Greenie came in and played well.
"He may have been our best defenceman back there in Game 6. And the other five have been stalwarts all season for us."
The 33-year-old Salvador admitted his left knee, which was hurt during Game 4 when Carolina's Chad LaRose landed on the back of his leg in the crease, is not 100 per cent.
He has no points in four games in the series and a team-worst minus-3 rating.
A veteran of eight NHL seasons, Salvador was clearly disappointed.
"These are games you want to be part of," Salvador, who has played 45 post-season games in his career, told reporters. "Things are going to happen. It's part of the playoffs. You can't be down about it.
"It could've been season-ending. It could've been a lot worse. It could've been an ACL. It doesn't feel great but I'll take it over what it could have been."