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Adam Larsson to sit for New Jersey tonight

Montreal Canadiens v New Jersey Devils

NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Adam Larsson #5 of the New Jersey Devils falls to the ice in pain following a hit by P.K. Subban #76 of the Montreal Canadiens (not shown) at the Prudential Center on February 2, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Canadiens 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Devils rookie Adam Larsson has had a rough go of it lately and tonight he’ll be watching the game from the press box.

Larsson will be a healthy scratch for New Jersey’s game against Chicago and as he tells it to Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice at this morning’s skate, it’s a move that surprises him but one he supports.

“I know I haven’t played my best game lately,” he said. “It’s tough, but I think it’s a smart decision by the coach to rest for a couple of games. I don’t know how long I’ll be out, but, hopefully, I will get back as soon as possible.”

Larsson also says that he may have come back too quickly from a back injury that sidelined him earlier this season. The Swedish rookie has just 18 points this season and just two goals. Taking his place in the lineup will be AHL call-up Peter Harrold. Larsson catching a break tonight comes at a tough time as Anton Volchenkov is still sidelined with a lower-body injury.