October 22, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

October 22, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

  1. SUMMARY
  2. LOCAL PRINT/WEB
  3. TV/VIDEO LINKS
  4. RADIO LINKS
  5. NATIONAL PRINT/WEB

1) SUMMARY

 

Abbey Mastracco, The Record, spoke to Devils captain Andy Greene about how the team needs to work on improving their breakouts from the defensive zone.

 

“It’s making the second play,” defenseman and captain Andy Greene said. “We don’t make the right read or we put a puck somebody’s feet or something where it’s a bobble play and then we get hemmed in. How do we make that tape-to-tape and crisp and then it forces us to play fast coming out of our zone.”

 

Mastracco also spoke to head coach John Hynes about his emphasis on the teams quickness this week during practice.

 

“There has got to be more support,” Hynes said. “We need to have our defensemen activating more so there is another option on the play. I think it’s quicker decisions and needing to know where our support is going to be. A lot of those things, you play faster when you have more puck support you know where guys are going to be. Also, a big one was having our defensemen filling a weak side lane too, so it gives the guys more options to be able to get up and go.”

 

“You want to have a good balance where you’re working on concepts that you want to work on but there also has to be that competitive level,” Hynes said. “If you have a good balance in your practice, that does allow you to be ready for the game coming up.”

 

Amanda Stein, newjerseydevilscom, spoke to Hynes about the addition of new skills coach Ryan Murphy.

 

“He’s from New Jersey,” Hynes added. “He was coaching prior to this – he was an assistant coach in the American Hockey League. He has a skills company, we hired him this year. We felt it was one of those things that was important for here and in Binghamton. When you have opportunity to practice, and days like this is good, where guys get a little bit more puck touches, individual skill work that you don’t get in an everyday practice.”

 

“We’re trying to make sure that as the season goes on, guys have situations where they’re continuing to work on their skill, their hands and things you kind of do all summer that you don’t have time to do in a regular team practice,” head coach John Hynes said post practice on Monday.

 

2) LOCAL PRINT/WEB

 

  1. How the NJ Devils are trying to keep momentum during 5-day break

By Abbey Mastracco, The Record

https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nhl/devils/2019/10/21/how-nj-devils-trying-keep-momentum-during-5-day-break/4050519002/

 

NEWARK — John Hynes and the New Jersey Devils staff ran a practice that mimicked that of one they might run during September, not late October, on Monday at Prudential Center. The team engaged in battle drills, breakouts and skill drills.

 

There were no line rushes taken and no previews of lineups soon to come but a New Jersey-based skills coach named Ryan Murphy was in attendance.

 

It’s training camp 2.0 for the Devils. They might have just won a couple games but the six losses they can’t erase shows they still have plenty to work through, starting with breakouts.

 

Even in the two victories, the Devils were still playing too much in their own zone. They struggled with breakouts last season as well but this season was supposed to be different. They have more skill up front a blue line full of puck movers but still haven’t been able to break out of their own zone cleanly.

 

“If you don’t break out of your zone, you’re going to be in it,” defenseman Damon Severson said. “When we didn’t break out, we played a lot of time on the defensive side of the puck. If we’re breaking out clean, we can play in the offensive side of the zone. I know for a guy like myself, that’s where I’m good is on the offensive side of the puck and where we’ll be able to thrive a little bit more.”

 

The problem isn’t the first pass made out of the defensive zone. It’s the decisions made regarding the next one. The second one is ending up either picked off or at the skates and the Devils aren’t able to start any plays off the rush.

 

“It’s making the second play,” defenseman and captain Andy Greene said. “We don’t make the right read or we put a puck somebody’s feet or something where it’s a bobble play and then we get hemmed in. How do we make that tape-to-tape and crisp and then it forces us to play fast coming out of our zone.”

 

The breakout problems are evident in the numbers. New Jersey’s 45.42 percent Corsi-for is the third-worst in the league. The Devils are just ahead of the Islanders (43.65 percent) and Rangers (43.25) so apparently the three area teams are allergic to possession.

 

Quickness was emphasized above all else Monday, because if you can beat a defender to the puck you have more time to think through the next step.

 

“There has got to be more support,” Hynes said. “We need to have our defensemen activating more so there is another option on the play. I think it’s quicker decisions and needing to know where our support is going to be. A lot of those things, you play faster when you have more puck support you know where guys are going to be. Also, a big one was having our defensemen filling a weak side lane too, so it gives the guys more options to be able to get up and go.”

 

Piece by piece, the Devis are fixing the holes in their game. Last week the message was about simplifying the offensive playmaking. This week it’s breaking out to stay out of another slump.

 

Quick Hitters

 

– This break could be coming at the wrong time for New Jersey, so in order to maintain the momentum gained from those two wins practice needs to mimic a game-like intensity, at least to a certain extent.

 

“You want to have a good balance where you’re working on concepts that you want to work on but there also has to be that competitive level,” Hynes said. “If you have a good balance in your practice, that does allow you to be ready for the game coming up.”

 

Forward Taylor Hall took a maintenance day and did not practice Monday. He is expected to return Tuesday.

 

– Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood also did not practice Monday. With Blackwood sick, the Devils used this an opportunity to work with emergency goalie Casey Ferris, the club’s director of premium partnerships. A former college player, Ferris has been used as an emergency goalie in the past and it was easy enough to ask him to come downstairs and have him work out with the team for a day.

 

  • Will Butcher (upper-body, injured reserve) skated in the morning ahead of the team. Nico Hischier (bruised rib) participated in full.

 

  1. How Devils emphasized playing more offense at start of long layoff

By Chris Ryan, NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/10/how-devils-emphasized-playing-more-offense-at-start-of-long-layoff.html

 

The Devils have been spending too much time in their own defensive zone.

 

While they did a better job of ending plays and suppressing goals in winning their past two games, transitioning to offense more efficiently is still a point of emphasis.

 

So on the first day of a rare week of multiple practices between games, that’s exactly what the Devils worked on improving.

 

Specifically, the team worked on breakouts from the defensive zone. A large portion of Monday’s practice in Newark revolved around five-man units transitioning the puck out of their own end.

 

“Our initial play off the breakout has actually been pretty good. It’s that next play (that hasn’t),” Devils captain Andy Greene said. “That second play, where if you don’t make it, you have to start scrambling and play a lot more D-zone, or if you’re good at it, you get going off the rush and get to create more offense that way.”

 

“Whether we don’t make the right read or we put the puck in someone’s feet, it’s a bobble play and we get hemmed in. It’s how to get that tape-to-tape and crisp, and that forces us to play fast, too, coming out of our own zone.”

 

Through eight games this season, the Devils have controlled just 45.42 percent of the shot attempts at 5-on-5, which ranks third lowest in the NHL. An easy way to remedy that ratio is spending more time in the offensive zone, so the Devils worked on a basic way to get there more frequently.

 

Video sessions before practice showed spots where the breakout needed to improve, and Devils coach John Hynes saw one key area in particular.

 

“There’s got to be more support. We need to have our defensemen activating more so there’s another option on the plays,” Hynes said. “I think it’s quicker decisions, being able to know where our support is going to be. A lot of those things you play faster when you have a little bit more puck support, you know where the guys are going to be. But also the big one was having our D-men filling a weak-side lane, too, so it gives the guys more options to be able to get up and out.”

 

On top of the usual practice session for the full team, the Devils separated into two smaller groups before and after the main practice, allowing players to get some skill work on the ice.

 

During a typical week with multiple games, the Devils typically manage ice time to conserve players on practice days. Six days between games with off days built in allowed them to stretch things out on Monday.

 

The Devils also want to maintain the momentum they built by winning their two games prior to the break. As much as they try, there’s only so much they can replicate in practice compared to games.

 

“We have to do it in practice. We have to stay sharp, stay on top of it, make sure we’re putting the work in and continue to build off what we’ve done the last prior week,” Greene said. “Take it into this week and just be ready for Friday. You don’t get many opportunities like this ever during the season. It’s good to be able to fine tune some areas and make sure we’re good to go in areas we need to be better at.”

 

  1. Devils injury updates: Good news on Nico Hischier, Will Butcher

By Chris Ryan, NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/10/devils-injury-updates-good-news-on-nico-hischier-will-butcher.html

 

Center Nico Hischier was a full participant in Monday’s practice, providing another good sign he’ll be ready to return to the Devils’ lineup for their next game on Friday.

 

Hischier practiced on Friday but missed his second straight game on Saturday due to an upper body injury. Hischier said he was feeling good but not quite ready to play at full strength.

 

Defenseman Will Butcher, who also missed Saturday’s 1-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks due to his own upper body injury, skated on his own Monday morning, making another step toward his return. If he practices in the coming days, it will point to Butcher being ready to play on Friday.

 

The Devils did have two other players absent from practice on Monday. Taylor Hall took a maintenance day as the Devils continue to monitor his ice time on non-game days. With Hall out, forward Jesper Boqvist skated on the top line with Hischier and Kyle Palmieri.

 

Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood missed practice due to illness, though he is expected to be ready to return in the next day or two. The team used Casey Ferris as their second goalie on Monday, along with Cory Schneider.

 

  1. BLOG: Devils New Skills Coach

By Amanda Stein, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/blog-devils-new-skills-coach/c-310336110?tid=277567796

 

Prior to the start of the 2019-20 NHL the Devils hired New Jersey native Ryan Murphy as a skills coach. On Monday, Murphy made his first appearance with the club prior to practice. This particular week provides a good time for Murphy to step in and work individually with players.

 

“We’re trying to make sure that as the season goes on, guys have situations where they’re continuing to work on their skill, their hands and things you kind of do all summer that you don’t have time to do in a regular team practice,” head coach John Hynes said post practice on Monday.

 

Murphy worked with the forwards on Monday and will host a session with the defensemen on Tuesday.

 

“He’s from New Jersey,” Hynes added. “He was coaching prior to this – he was an assistant coach in the American Hockey League. He has a skills company, we hired him this year. We felt it was one of those things that was important for here and in Binghamton. When you have opportunity to practice, and days like this is good, where guys get a little bit more puck touches, individual skill work that you don’t get in an everyday practice.”

 

Murphy has also worked with Devils players returning from injury and players who have been scratched.

 

  1. BLOG: Blackwood Sick, Devils Employee Steps In

By Amanda Stein, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/blog-devils-new-skills-coach/c-310336110?tid=277567796

 

Mackenzie Blackwood did not take part in Devils practice on Monday morning, leaving the New Jersey Devils down a goaltender for practice.

 

Have no fear, the Devils and all their employees look out for one another.

 

Casey Ferris, Manager, Premium Service, had goalie equipment in his car and was called upon to serve as a second goaltender in practice today.

 

This isn’t the first time Ferris has suited up on short notice, he also ran into this scenario last season, so he’s a veteran now at stepping away from his desk and onto the ice!

 

  1. BLOG: Hall Maintenance, Butcher Skates

By Amanda Stein, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/blog-hall-maintenance-butcher-skates/c-310327974?tid=277567796

 

Forward Taylor Hall was not on the ice with his teammates this morning for practice, instead electing to take a maintenance day.

 

Meanwhile, injured defenseman Will Butcher, who was placed on Injured Reserve on Saturday was able to skate on his own today prior to practice.

 

Butcher did not participate in the regular practice schedule, but being on the ice on his own is a step in the right direction for his recovery.

 

The 24-year-old was injured against the New York Rangers last week and was unable to finish the game.

 

3) TV/VIDEO LINKS

 

  1. VIDEO: NJ Devils’ coach John Hynes on break in schedule

By Abbey Mastracco, The Record

https://www.northjersey.com/videos/sports/nhl/devils/2019/10/21/video-nj-devils-coach-john-hynes-break-schedule/4055119002/

 

  1. PRACTICE REPORT | Mini Camp

By Amanda Stein, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/practice-report–mini-camp/t-277437418/c-4407344

 

  1. RAW | Hynes 10.21.19

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–hynes-102119/t-277437418/c-4407221

 

  1. 3-ON-3 | The Week Ahead

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/3-on-3–the-week-ahead/t-277437418/c-4407199

 

  1. RAW | Greene 10.21.19

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–greene-102119/t-277437418/c-4407184

 

  1. RAW | Schneider 10.21.19

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–schneider-102119/t-277437418/c-4407150

 

4) RADIO LINKS – N/A

5) NATIONAL PRINT/WEB – N/A

 

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