New York Hockey: Alexei Ponikarovsky

Ponikarovsky set to play

February, 15, 2013
Re-claiming his old No. 12, Alexei Ponikarovsky was back in a Devils jersey and practicing with his former teammates during the team's morning skate in Newark Friday. The 32-year-old winger is set to play Friday when the Devils host the Philadelphia Flyers.

He skated on the team's top line with center Travis Zajac and star winger Ilya Kovalchuk.

Ponikarovsky, who was originally brought in to New Jersey via trade last January before the deadline, was re-acquired Wednesday evening in a deal with Winnipeg that sent back two draft picks.

The move was prompted by an injury to forward Dainius Zubrus, who underwent surgery on his left wrist Thursday and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Ponikarovsky, who played 33 regular-season and 24 playoff games with New Jersey last season, had two goals in 12 games for the Jets this season.

Loktionov sent up the river

February, 14, 2013
The Devils have sent center Andrei Loktionov back to Albany, the team's AHL affiliate.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said there would be a corresponding move to accommodate the arrival of Alexei Ponikarovsky, re-acquired by the team in a trade Wednesday evening, and this appears to be it.

Ponikarovsky, who was acquired in a trade with the Jets for two draft picks, is expected to be available for the Devils' game against the Flyers on Friday.