Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador confirmed he will play Thursday as the team concludes their six-game homestand against Montreal.
The 35-year-old "tweaked" his ankle after catching it in a rut on his first shift in Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win over the Rangers, but said he is healthy enough to skate against the Canadiens.
"It wasn't comfortable, but it could always be worse," Salvador said of battling through the injury for the remainder of Tuesday's match. "Definitely playable."
Salvador said he sustained no structural damage -- no x-ray was needed after the game -- and feels much better after resting it Wednesday and Thursday morning.
"Oh, definitely," he said.
Although he was limited in the third period of the team's comeback against the Rangers, both Salvador and head coach Pete DeBoer said that was a situational decision. With his team down by a goal, DeBoer elected to use some of the team's more offensive-minded defensemen.
Despite Salvador's assurances that he is capable of playing, DeBoer left open the possibility of dressing Matt Taormina as a seventh defenseman.