Defenseman Adam Larsson knew he had to be patient, but admitted he was starting to wonder when the Devils were going to give him a chance to play.

He was a healthy scratch for the team's first five games before dressing Thursday in place of Mark Fayne, who has a "minor" arm injury, coach Pete DeBoer said.

"Of course, it's been a tough time," Larsson said. "It feels like I've stayed in shape as much as I can and it feels good in my body and everything. I'm really glad to be back in."

It wasn't a great night for Larsson, who played 17:51. He had some bad luck when Mark Streit's point shot deflected in off him to give the Isles a 4-3 lead with 8:28 left in regulation, but DeBoer, "thought he was good, solid."