Loktionov (lower-body) left Monday's game early and did not return -- Questionable for Tuesday.
Loktionov, who was acquired at the trade deadline in the Tuomo Ruutu trade, has enjoyed his early time in Carolina. He went from cycling in and out of the lineup in Jersey, to playing on the top line with Eric Staal in Raleigh. He has three goals and three assists in his last seven games, but could be held out of Tuesday's game in Pittsburgh. Monitor his status during pre-game warmups.
Loktionov wanted to be traded from Los Angeles so he could get a chance to play in the NHL... Well this is his shot he will play on the Devils top line with Kovalchuk and his former Windsor Spitfires teammate Adam Henrique. Loktionov has a goal and two assists in his last three games. He is a crafty player and could thrive on this top-line. Keep an eye on him a jump on him if he continues to play well.