Damien Brunner's Return Should Help New Jersey Devils With Scoring

By Nick Villano
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The New Jersey Devils have had trouble scoring this season. That isn’t a secret. That, however, seems to be on the upswing for at least some of the Devils. The top six of the team have been in and out of scoring slumps all season, but over the past few games they seem to be on a roll. Adam Henrique and Michael Ryder have been extremely hot as of late with 12 points in the month of January. Jaromir Jagr has been his usually scoring self with two goals in the last three games.

Outside of those top two lines has not been the same case. That may change with the return of Patrik Elias earlier this week and now with the return of Damien Brunner most likely for Tuesday’s game against the St Louis Blues. Brunner returns from a knee injury he suffered on Dec. 20.  It was a breathe of fresh air for Devils fans to hear that it wasn’t serious when it happened. It was an ugly spill into the boards that could have been a season-ending injury.

Brunner has not been very consistent this season, but he seemed like he was primed to turn it around. He scored four goals in the six games prior to hitting the shelf. That came after going all of November without a goal. It was an unfortunate incident that he got hurt when he did.

Now that he is back, he will be thrown right back into the offense. He is currently practicing on a line with Elias and Dainius Zubrus. That means that one of the lines that was not producing now has two of the team’s better scorers and one guy who is one of the best forecheckers on the team. With the health finally turning around for this team, they could catch up with some of the hotter teams in the Metropolitan Division.

Now that you have three lines that could score at any point, plus the CBGB line in the fourth line position, it is really going to help the Devils during the stretch run of the season. Hopefully they can stay healthy for the rest of the season.

Nick Villano is the New Jersey Devils writer for Rant Sports.  He also adds to their NFL, MLB and NBA content.  You can follow him on Twitter to get more information on everything sports.

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