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Thursday, December 8, 2011
Greene out vs. Sens, will get x-ray on foot

By Katie Strang

Defenseman Andy Greene (foot/ankle) is out for Thursday's game against the Ottawa Senators.

Greene, who has been battling a foot/ankle injury since being hit by a shot in the team's 1-0 win over the Islanders November 25, will undergo an x-ray Thursday to determine the nature of the injury.

"I'm not exactly sure what we're dealing with. It's in the same area -- ankle, foot -- that he's had some problems with before, but I'm not sure if it's exactly the same thing or something different," coach Pete DeBoer said. "We'll know more today."

Replacing Greene in the lineup will be Mark Fraser, who has been scratched for 23 of 26 games this season.

"You have to practice every day, keep yourself in shape, sharp and motivated," DeBoer said. "That's not an easy job and I think he's handled it very well."

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Travis Zajac, who practiced with the Devils Wednesday for the first time since suffering a preseason Achilles injury, skated with the team again Thursday morning.

The 26-year-old centerman continues to work on his conditioning and timing as he eyes a return later this month.

"Hopefully before Christmas," he said.

Zajac said he plans on making the trip to Florida next week -- The Devils play the Lightning Monday and Panthers Tuesday -- so he can continue practicing with the team.