Thinning blue line takes another hit for Devils

An already-thin blue line for the New Jersey Devils took another hit Sunday.

Veteran defenseman Kurtis Foster is out for Sunday's game against Montreal with an upper-body injury, the team announced.

According to the Newark Star-Ledger and The Bergen Record, Foster took part in the Devils' optional morning skate only briefly, leaving the ice with back stiffness.

Defenseman Peter Harrold, called up Saturday from the team's AHL affiliate in Albany, will replace Foster in the lineup against the Habs.

The Devils, who have reportedly shown interest in trading for disgruntled Minnesota defenseman Marek Zidlicky, have been decimated by injuries to their back end. Henrik Tallinder was placed on injured reserve last month with a leg injury and rookie blue-liner Adam Larsson joined him on IR yesterday. Larsson has not played since suffering a back injury after a hard hit from Montreal's P.K. Subban February 2.