Devils captain Bryce Salvador seemed to be in good spirits when he stopped by the locker room today despite being on injured reserve now with a non-displaced stress fracture in his foot.

Because it’s a non-displaced fracture, Salvador does not need a cast and is still able to walk on his foot. He was placed on injured reserve retroactive to his last game – last Tuesday’s 4-1 loss in Columbus – so he will be eligible to activated on Wednesday. It sounds like there’s an outside shot that he could be back in time for Saturday’s home game against Philadelphia.

“Really, it’s day to day,” Salvador said. “It comes down to once the bone starts healing a bit. It’s not displaced or anything, so it doesn’t require surgery or being put in a cast, so I’m pretty fortunate from that standpoint. So, I think it’s going to be relatively quick.”

Devils coach Pete DeBoer said Salvador’s injury is “more of a 5-to-7 day type thing.”

DeBoer also said he expects goaltender Cory Schneider to be ready to return “by the weekend.” Schneider was placed on injured reserve today with a lower-body injury. That move was made retroactive to his last game on Thursday against Vancouver, so he is eligible to be activated on Friday.

Salvador blocked a shot by Jack Johnson when the Devils were on the penalty kill in the second period in Columbus. He said the puck struck him in “the side of the foot.” Salvador finished out the period, but did not play in the third.

“It was kind of one of those shots where I felt it and I was like, ‘That one kind of didn’t sting. It was kind of like a thud,’” he said. “So, it just felt different. Then, I just noticed by the end of the second period, the pain was at the point where I couldn’t tolerate it anymore. I tried a few shifts on it and I just knew something wasn’t right.”

An X-ray taken after the game did not reveal the fracture, though.

“Sometimes it takes a few days for it to calcify and show the crack,” Salvador said.

Salvador just returned to New Jersey Saturday after traveling to Lethbridge, Alberta for funeral of a family member who passed away last week.

“It was like planes, trains and automobiles,” Salvador said. “It was about a five-hour flight, security, customs and then a two and a half hour car ride. There are no direct flights there.”