October 29, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

October 29, 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

 

The Devils will face-off against the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow night at Prudential Center (7 pm, MSG+, SUN). Tomorrow’s matchup marks the first of three head-to-head contests between the two clubs’.

 

Chris Ryan, NJ.com, spoke to Devils forward Wayne Simmonds about searching for his first goal as a part of the Devils and changing his game to help create more offense.

 

“I don’t think I need to change anything, just put the puck in the back of the net. That’s the only difference here,” Simmonds said. “I’m doing everything right, playing defense well. I think I’m making good decisions in the neutral zone and I am getting to the net. I am getting my opportunities, so one’s got to go in, and usually once one goes in, they start to come after.”

 

The Devils announced yesterday that defenseman Connor Carrick will miss a significant amount of time as he recovers from a broken pinky finger.

 

Carrick suffered the injury while blocking a shot in practice on Thursday. He had surgery and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

 

2) LOCAL PRINT/WEB

 

  1. Do the NJ Devils need another defenseman with Connor Carrick out 4-6 weeks?

By Abbey Mastracco, The Record

https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nhl/devils/2019/10/29/nj-devils-connor-carrick-out-4-6-weeks/2483374001/

 

NEWARK — A few eagle-eyed social media sleuths were able to figure out that the upper-body injury that landed New Jersey Devils’ defenseman Connor Carrick on injured reserve over the weekend was actually an injury to his right pinky finger. Carrick posted a photo on his Instagram account of him and his wife Lexi ahead of the team’s annual Halloween party, showing a splint as an accessory to his (very accurate) Freddie Mercury costume.

 

As it turns out, the Devils will be without Carrick for at least a month because of that injury. Carrick underwent surgery on the finger after breaking it while blocking a shot in practice last week. He’s expected to be out 4-6 weeks.

 

Carrick has been in a tough spot as a right-shot defenseman in a group thin on the left side. But really, the entire group is pretty thin. Sure, P.K. Subban has been a strong addition and he’s leading the team in ice time. Sami Vatanen is back to leading the top power play unit and Will Butcher has matured into the type of puck-mover the Devils had hoped.

 

But for a group of puck movers New Jersey sure seems to have trouble moving the puck. The Devils’ 46.56 Corsi percentage (third-worst in the NHL) gives you a little bit of an idea of how hard it’s been for them to get out of their own zone at 5-on-5.

 

Their struggles have been magnified as the goalies have struggled, with Cory Schneider and Mackenzie Blackwood putting up a .870 save percentage, the second-worst in the league.

 

Carrick and Mirco Mueller are good sixth or seventh defensemen. Carrick has an extremely high work ethic and he’s versatile, capable of playing on either side. Mueller, one of few left-shot defensemen in New Jersey, is a good penalty killer, he has good size and he’s shown more of a willingness to use his size this season.

 

Without Carrick, Matt Tennyson is expected to continue to play solid minutes and so far the coaches like the way he’s been able to play a simple game.

 

But good isn’t good enough when the forward group is deep enough to outscore teams on a nightly basis. And no, the forwards aren’t exactly getting the results they had hoped for either which is why a shakeup may be in order and bringing in a defenseman could be what the team needs.

 

Early trades aren’t exactly rare but they’re not exactly going on at a high rate this time of year. The Anaheim Ducks and the Pittsburgh Penguins just made a swap with the Ducks thin on the blue line as well. It was late November in 2017 when Devils’ general manager got Vatanen from Anaheim, so it’s not like trades in the fall don’t happen.

 

You could also make the argument that with so much roster turnover, a trade wouldn’t be the way to go. Players are still getting used to their roles so why throw a wrench into things when the team is finally starting to figure things out?

 

But the Devils still think they’re a playoff team and they need another impactful defenseman on the left side, even if it’s just on the back end. If they get someone in earlier rather than later, that roster turnover problem will be less of an issue.

 

It’s still early but bringing in a defenseman could keep it from getting too late too early in New Jersey.

 

  1. Why Devils’ Wayne Simmonds is due for an offensive breakout

By Chris Ryan, NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/10/why-devils-wayne-simmonds-is-due-for-an-offensive-breakout.html

 

Wayne Simmonds is still searching for his first goal in a Devils uniform.

 

However, is nine-game scoreless start hasn’t come due to lack of effort or chances.

 

At even strength, Simmonds is tied with Taylor Hall for the team lead in shots with 20. He’s fourth with 13 scoring chances. Add in his power-play presence, and Simmonds’ numbers go up even more. He has nine shots and 11 scoring chances on the man advantage.

 

In his last three games, Simmonds has generated 12 shot attempts, nine shots, four scoring chances and two high-danger scoring chances at 5-on-5. On the power play in those same games, Simmonds has eight more shot attempts and scoring chances, plus six high-danger scoring chances.

 

“I don’t think I need to change anything, just put the puck in the back of the net. That’s the only difference here,” Simmonds said. “I’m doing everything right, playing defense well. I think I’m making good decisions in the neutral zone and I am getting to the net. I am getting my opportunities, so one’s got to go in, and usually once one goes in, they start to come after.”

 

Simmonds has also posted the majority of those numbers 5-on-5 playing with Blake Coleman and Travis Zajac — two forwards who routinely anchor the Devils’ shutdown defensive line.

 

One of the question marks around Simmonds upon signing with the Devils was his 5-on-5 play, which declined in recent seasons. His team’s even-strength expected goal percentage with Simmonds on the ice stayed below 50 percent in each season since 2013-14 with the Flyers. Through nine games as a Devil, that percentage is at 53.68.

 

“They’ve done a good job, and he’s done pretty well in that role,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “They’ve been a fairly productive line. They’ve had offensive zone time, they’ve had hard minutes, they’ve played against top players, and that’s one of the things we talked about with him when he came here, was having some responsibility and playing an important role, and he’s done that. Whether he stays on that line or that line stays together, we’ll see, but as far as Wayne’s game, we feel it’s coming in the right direction.”

 

Regardless of where he’s at 5-on-5, a good percentage of Simmonds’ production will ultimately come from the power play, and after that unit’s slow start to the season, the top group in particular has found some traction.

 

They have power-play goals in three straight games, and Simmonds was robbed of a goal on a kick save and just missed the inside of the right post moments later in Friday’s loss to the Arizona Coyotes. When the Devils signed Simmonds, they praised his ability as a net-front presence on the power play, and with the special teams unit getting more pucks to the net, his chances have gone up.

 

“I think we were trying to be too pretty at the start,” Simmonds said. “Trying to find seams all the time, whereas now we’re getting pucks to the net, and if we’re getting pucks to the net, I think everything else is opening up.”

 

  1. Devils’ Connor Carrick has surgery on broken pinky | What it means, how long he’s out

By Chris Ryan, NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/10/devils-connor-carrick-has-surgery-on-broken-pinky-what-it-means-how-long-hes-out.html

 

The Devils are on the verge of getting Will Butcher back in their lineup following his injury, but they’re going to be without another defenseman for the near future.

 

Connor Carrick suffered a broken right pinky finger during last Thursday’s practice in Newark, and he underwent surgery to repair the injury on Friday.

 

Carrick is expected to miss four-to-six weeks while recovering from the injury, and the team will re-evaluate him in two or three weeks to get a clearer idea of when he’ll be able to return.

 

In the Devils’ first eight games of the season, Carrick appeared in four of them, serving as a healthy scratch in the other four. He was placed on injured reserve ahead of the team’s 5-3 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday. He has one assist this season.

 

After being traded to the Devils from the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline last season, Carrick appeared in 20 games to finish the 2018-19 campaign. He then signed a two-year, $3 million deal with the Devils during the offseason as a restricted free agent.

 

With Carrick sidelined, the Devils will keep Matt Tennyson on the NHL roster going forward, keeping the team at seven defenseman. Tennyson was recalled earlier in October after Andy Greene missed time with his own finger injury, and he remained with Butcher going out for two games shortly after. Tennyson has played in four NHL games this season, posting three assists.

 

  1. BLOG: Carrick out 4-6 Weeks

By Chris Wescott, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/blog-carrick-out-4-6-weeks/c-310589748?tid=277567796

 

NEWARK, NJ – The Devils announced today that defenseman Connor Carrick will miss a significant amount of time as he recovers from a broken pinky finger.

 

Carrick suffered the injury while blocking a shot in practice on Thursday. He had surgery and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

 

3) TV/VIDEO LINKS

 

  1. REPORT | Halloween Vs Hauntings

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/report–halloween-vs-hauntings/t-277437418/c-4464762

 

  1. RAW | Hynes 10.28.19

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–hynes-102819/t-277437418/c-4464725

 

  1. RAW | Schneider 10.28.19

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–schneider-102819/t-277437418/c-4464699

 

  1. RAW | Palmieri 10.28.19

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–palmieri-102819/t-277437418/c-4464691

 

4) RADIO LINKS – N/A

5) NATIONAL PRINT/WEB

 

  1. 1. Subban dresses as NJ Devil to help Vonn clap back at Gritty

By Pat Pickens, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/news/pk-subban-dresses-as-nj-devil-to-help-lindsey-vonn-get-back-at-gritty/c-310592168

 

Lindsey Vonn got the last laugh at Gritty, and NJ Devil got another big win against a division rival, and they both can thank P.K. Subban.

 

Subban dressed up as the New Jersey Devils mascot at the team’s Halloween party, which enabled his fiancee to clap back at Gritty on Monday.

 

Gritty shot his shot, holding a sign that said “Lindsey can do better” with arrows pointed at himself during warmups before the Flyers home game against the New Jersey Devils on Oct. 9.

 

The Devils mascot, who pied Jimmy Fallon on TV to settle a bet last Sunday, also helped Subban exact some payback the Devils’ holiday gathering. Subban sported the NJ Devil costume, with a T-shirt that said “Where is Subbanator” while Vonn held a sign that said “Gritty, you’re right. I CAN do better.”

 

We’ll see if Gritty, who dressed up as Wonder Gritty over the weekend, has a response.

 

 

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