Alexei Ponikarovsky played well on the Devils' first line Friday night.
He scored a goal and was a solid complement to Ilya Kovalchuk and Travis Zajac. He also impressed New Jersey coach Peter DeBoer. I thought he did a good job," DeBoer said. "But I'm not handing out a permanent job here to anybody on one game, but he looked good out there with those guys today. Great to have him back. He's just a solid NHL player. He does the right thing out there. He puts the puck in the right place. He gets chances to score and he puts it in the net, so a nice addition for us." If Poni continues to play well, he could find a permanent spot on the top unit which would certainly make him rosterable.