Even Ryan Carter was a little reluctant to use the word "concussion," but the Devils left wing said that was what he sustained when he was hit in the head against Ottawa on Feb. 18.

"I think it’s pretty much what we can call it now," Carter said Thursday.

Carter skated hard after the Devils’ optional morning skate and hopes to play Saturday afternoon at Buffalo.

"We have to talk with the trainer and the coaches and see if they think my conditioning is up and the health is in the right spot," he said.

When asked how he was feeling, Carter replied, "Pretty good. Coming along. Things are good."

That’s a little different from what he said last week. His response on Feb. 18 and 19 was that he was feeling "OK."

"OK is different than good," Carter admitted. "I wasn’t feeling right, headache. It’s one of the things you’ve got to take care of."

Carter believes he and the Devils did take care of it. Carter also had a concussion two seasons ago when he was with Florida and missed two games.

"After speaking to the doctors and stuff, you know that a concussion most people recover from," he said. "It’s when you rush back out there and you start compounding concussions, that’s when you have long-lasting effects."

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