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Ryane Clowe making a difference back in New Jersey Devils' lineup

Ryane Clowe has been a difference maker since returning to the Devils lineup
Ryane Clowe has been a difference maker since returning to the Devils lineup
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That, along with 12 goals and 15 assists is what you get from Ryane Clowe, Adam Henrique and Michael Ryder since Clowe rejoined the New Jersey Devils on Dec. 27 after a lengthy absence due to an injury he sustained in the early goings of the new season.

It's hard to argue the chemistry the three forwards have when you break down their numbers and see the production both the team and they as individuals have benefited from since playing on a line together.

Eyebrows were raised when David Clarkson walked and Lou Lamoriello brought Clowe on-board, in what seemed like a reactionary signing. His concussion history wasn't appealing, nor were the numbers he ended last season with.

But that was then. And nobody can deny the reality now: Ryane Clowe has been a difference maker since returning to the Devils lineup.

Since getting back, Clowe has been held off the score sheet in just four contests, racking up nine points including his first goal of the season and as a Devil over the weekend against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The former San Jose Sharks forward went into Tuesday's tilt against the Montreal Canadiens with a four-game point streak but would leave the Bell Centre with a pair of assists to stretch it to five. It was also his second multi-point game of the season.

Michael Ryder joined New Jersey the same time as Clowe, signing on with the club as a free agent in July to a two-year deal after splitting the shortened season between Dallas and Montreal. Ryder was a year removed from a 62 point season and had 35 points in 46 games during the 2012-2013 season, so the expectations were high in New Jersey.

While the start to his career as a Devil was shaky, by December Ryder became a consistent contributor and now has 16 goals and nine assists.

With the help of Clowe and Ryder, Devils' center Adam Henrique seems to have woken up from the slumber that prevented him from being the offensive juggernaut he at one point was, producing 10 of his 24 points since Dec. 27.

Sandwiched between the Newfoundlander's, Henrique has doubled his goal total by notching six in his last 10 games. Four of which were assisted by line mate Ryane Clowe.

Of course individual accomplishments are meaningless if they aren't helping the team but with points in eight of their last 10 outings (5-2-3) the line ranging from 23-years-old to 33-years old is serving their squad well.

Remember, Cloryque. Tell your friends.

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