October 25, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

October 25, 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

 

After a six-day break, the Devils are back in action tonight at Prudential Center facing off against the Arizona Coyotes at 7:00pm (TV: MSG+ & RADIO/DIGITAL: Devils Hockey Network) in their first head-to-head matchup of the 2019-20 season. New Jersey looks to extend their win-streak to three games.

 

Chris Ryan, NJ.com, wrote his 5 Devils players that he believes need to make a bigger impact to turn around the season.

 

Amanda Stein, newjerseydevils.com, wrote her first edition of her new written series on NewJerseyDevils.com, sitting down with the players to discuss their first stall-mates. This weeks player: Cory Schneider.

 

2) LOCAL PRINT/WEB

 

  1. With Jesper Boqvist, Devils trying to balance long-term development and winning now

By Abbey Mastracco, The Record

https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nhl/devils/2019/10/24/jesper-boqvist-nj-devils-trying-balance-development-and-winning/4050608002/

 

NEWARK — When it comes to developing young talent, the New Jersey Devils, like many other NHL teams, have a philosophy regarding playing time and usage: You don’t carry a player on the NHL roster just to scratch him every night.

 

Conventional wisdom says consistent playing time is how a player gets better. You want him to learn to kill penalties? You send him to the American Hockey League to kill penalties. Is a young player a mess in his own end when trying to protect a lead? He can work on closing games in the minor leagues.

 

But when it comes to the Devils’ two top prospects, defenseman Ty Smith and forward Jesper Boqvist, the club doesn’t have the ability to send them to their AHL affiliate in Binghamton. Smith’s late birthday makes him ineligible for the AHL under the NHL-CHL agreement and Boqvist’s contract with his Swedish club, Brynäs, precludes him from playing in the NHL’s top developmental league.

 

The Devils sent Smith back to his junior team in the WHL. They would have rather sent him to the AHL to work with their development coaches but they didn’t have a choice. Spokane was the only option for consistent playing time.

 

But New Jersey is where Boqvist remains even though the 20-year-old isn’t logging much playing time in New Jersey. He’s suited up for just two games and has been largely sheltered in those two games. The relative inexperience of Boqvist, rookie Jack Hughes and former KHL winger Nikita Gusev makes it difficult to use all three in games sometimes.

 

“We’ve got some guys up front who are learning and we can’t have all of those guys in our lineup at the same time,” coach John Hynes said Thursday after practice at Prudential Center. “So with that being said, we feel like he can help our team. We have tons of games left and he’s going to get opportunities to play. He can help us win, he adds depth and competitiveness to our team. He’s a versatile player, we think he can play on the top-nine, on the power play, shootout, he’s got 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 potential.

 

“We see that. But he’s learning too.”

 

Every development path is different. While it might seem like the Devils are breaking the cardinal rule of development by carrying a guy on the roster just to sit him, they feel that it’s best to keep him in Newark with the NHL team in order to maximize his potential and give him individual attention.

 

“He’s played pretty well and he’s a guy that we think is going to progress,” Hynes said. “This is new for him. He’s in the NHL, he’s on a North American sheet, he’s practicing every day against these guys, he’s had opportunities to play. And when you talk to him, he says he’s learned something different every day.”

 

Most of those lessons Boqvist has gleaned have to do with time and space on a North American ice sheet. He’s a creative playmaker and his instincts are to make plays with more space.

 

“In tight areas, I’m learning where to place the puck to get out of them so we can handle it the right way,” Boqvist said. “It’s stuff like that. Everything is tight out here.”

 

Whether he’s been playing in a game or sitting in the pressbox, Boqvist has been able to gain insight into what it takes to be a successful NHLer. He’ll watch a game, see something a forward does and try and replicate that at practice. He’s getting a lot of 1-on-1 attention in practice and in the video room with the Devils’ NHL staff and developmental staff.

 

When he’s not at the rink, he’s living in Jersey City with fellow Swede Jesper Bratt. They live in the same building as Kevin Rooney, Pavel Zacha and Zacha’s girlfriend. John Hayden lives nearby.

 

  1. 5 players Devils need to make bigger impact to turn around season

By Chris Ryan, NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/10/5-players-devils-need-to-make-bigger-impact-to-turn-around-season.html

 

The Devils answered their six-game winless streak to start the season with back-to-back wins, helping them right the ship a bit.

 

But they still have a bit to go to dig out of their early-season hole, and there are some players the team needs to make a bigger impact.

 

As the Devils enter their ninth game on Friday against the Arizona Coyotes, here are five players who can help turn things around with improvements in their individual play.

 

Bratt has one goal and two assists through eight games, which, on the surface, is fine. But he has just three shot attempts and shots at 5-on-5, plus one more of each on the power play. For some perspective, of all Devils skaters, only Jesper Boqvist and Matt Tennyson have fewer shot attempts at 5-on-5, and they’ve played a combined five games. Bratt has typically been a pass-first player over the course of his NHL career, but the Devils need him to have more of an offensive impact.

 

Wayne Simmonds

 

Simmonds’ underlying numbers haven’t been bad. When he’s been on the ice at 5-on-5, the Devils control 52.6 percent of the shot attempts, and he’s personally accounted for 12 scoring chances (fourth on the team) and four high-danger scoring chances (sixth on the team). Yet he doesn’t have a goal to show for it. If Simmonds keeps doing what he’s doing, the goals will come. But some shots need to start finding the net.

 

Damon Severson

 

Severson has a team-low minus-six rating through eight games. Plus/minus doesn’t tell the whole story of a player, and the majority of that came in the first three games of the season, but it was a disappointing start for the defenseman. Severson has improved since being bumped up to the top pairing with P.K. Subban, and he provided a big go-ahead goal in an eventual loss to the Edmonton Oilers. The Devils just need that to continue.

 

Cory Schneider

 

Cramps robbed Schneider of a win on opening night, when he was forced out of the 4-2 game that the Devils eventually lost in a shootout. But the goalie has posted a 4.08 GAA and .876 save percentage in four games this season. It hasn’t helped Schneider’s cause that he’s been on the losing end of two shutouts and the Devils struggled in front of him, but they need more from their goalie, as he’s said himself.

 

Mackenzie Blackwood provided that in his last two starts to get the Devils two wins, including a 1-0 shutout against the Vancouver Canucks. With the Devils’ skaters now playing a bit better in front, Schneider should have a better chance of getting in the win column his next time out if he’s on his game.

 

Nico Hischier

 

Hischier missed two full games and the majority of a third due to a rib injury, so he hasn’t had the same full slate as the rest of the team. But in the five full games he did play, he had just two assists and is still looking for his first goal. Hischier has a proven track record and should be just fine. But getting on the board in the coming games will help ease the burden on the rest of the lineup. His spot on the second power-play unit should also allow him to rack up some extra points.

 

  1. Devils practice lines: Nico Hischier, Will Butcher ready to return? Could Jesper Bratt sit?

By Chris Ryan, NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/10/devils-practice-lines-nico-hischier-will-butcher-ready-to-return-could-jesper-bratt-sit.html

 

The Devils held the final practice of their long layoff on Thursday before they finally hit the ice for a game against the Arizona Coyotes at 7 p.m. on Friday at Prudential Center in Newark.

 

Nico Hischier (bruised ribs), Will Butcher (upper body), and Mackenzie Blackwood (illness) were all on the ice on Thursday, with the Devils getting full participation from all players.

 

That provided a look at what the Devils’ lineup could be on Friday. Here’s how the team lined up during 5-on-5 drills:

 

FORWARDS

 

Taylor Hall – Jack Hughes – Kyle Palmieri

 

Blake Coleman – Travis Zajac – Wayne Simmonds

 

Pavel Zacha – Nico Hischier – Nikita Gusev

 

Miles Wood – Kevin Rooney – John Hayden

 

Jesper Bratt, Jesper Boqvist

 

DEFENSEMEN

 

Damon Severson – P.K. Subban

 

Andy Greene – Sami Vatanen

 

Mirco Mueller – Matt Tennyson

 

Will Butcher – Connor Carrick

 

GOALIES

 

Cory Schneider/Mackenzie Blackwood

 

A few notes to accompany your reactions to the changes:

 

– Seeing Bratt as an extra forward might raise some alarm bells. He’s one of the team’s more gifted offensive forwards, and he’s proven over two seasons what impact he can have. But over the last two games, he’s generated just one shot and one shot attempt, going scoreless in both. Bratt has been prone to lulls in play during his career, and while it’s not a lock for him sit on Friday, the Devils want to see him reestablish his offensive presence.

 

Coach John Hynes has changed his lineup between practice and game days in the past, Bratt could wind up dressing on Friday. Morning skate will give a final indication.

 

Even with Hischier healthy, the Devils are keeping Hughes with Hall and Palmieri on the top line. The trio hasn’t lit the world on fire at 5-on-5 in two games together. In 10:20 of total ice time in those contests (where special teams limited a lot of even-strength play), the three collected six shot attempts and allowed eight, and they weren’t on the ice for any goals, for or against. But Hughes continues to gain traction with each passing game, and Hall and Palmieri remain as the team’s most talented wingers. Hynes is giving them another chance to jell together.

 

– If Butcher is healthy enough to play, he’ll likely jump into Tennyson’s spot in the lineup. Butcher is on IR, so to activate him, the Devils will need to clear a roster spot, and sending Tennyson to Binghamton is the most likely move. So that fact he was on the fourth pairing on Thursday shouldn’t raise any alarms. If he’s healthy enough to play, he’ll be in the lineup.

 

Blackwood returned to practice after missing sessions on Monday and Tuesday due to illness. After winning the last two games, Blackwood will likely get the call to start on Friday, assuming he feels 100 percent, which he said he did.

 

  1. PREVIEW: Devils vs. Coyotes

By Marc Ciampa, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/preview-devils-vs-coyotes/c-310464882?tid=277567796

 

The New Jersey Devils return to action tonight at Prudential Center to take on the Arizona Coyotes.

 

You can watch the game on MSG+ or listen on the Devils Hockey Network.

 

Read the game preview below and check back for lineup updates, our Pre-Game Report and more.

 

INSIDE THE DEVILS

Martin Brodeur inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and more.

 

PRE-GAME REPORT

NEWARK, NJ – Check back around noon for a full pre-game report.

 

— Marc Ciampa, NewJerseyDevils.com

 

PREVIEW

DEVILS (2-4-2) vs. COYOTES (5-3-1)

 

TV: 7:00 p.m. ET; Televised on MSG+

 

Head-to-Head:

 

Tonight’s game is the first of two meetings between the two teams this season.

 

Last season, the Devils won both games in a shootout. Connor Carrick and Miles Wood each had two assists to lead all Devils skaters with two points in head-to-head meetings with Arizona. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 31 of 32 shots for a .962 save percentage in 81 minutes of action against Arizona.

 

Devils team scope:

 

The Devils opened the season with six straight losses, including two shootout setbacks. They’ve held the lead in every home game so far this season but let four and three-goal leads evaporate against the Winnipeg Jets and Florida Panthers respectively and also a late third-period lead against the Edmonton Oilers.

 

The club appears to be getting back on track with wins in their last two, over the New York Rangers and Vancouver Canucks but on the heels of those wins, have had a five-day break.

 

Coyotes team scope:

 

The Coyotes lost their first two games of the season and three of their first four but followed that up with four straight wins. Last night, the club dropped a 4-2 decision to the New York Islanders, however.

 

Nick Schmaltz leads the club in scoring with nine points in nine games while Clayton Keller has seven assists and Conor Garland has five goals and six points. Off-season acquisition Phil Kessel has two goals and five points so far.

 

By the Numbers:

 

The Devils are 4-0-0 at Prudential Center and 6-2-0 overall against the Coyotes since the 2015-16 season. The last time Arizona defeated New Jersey at The Rock was March 27, 2013 in a 3-2 shootout victory.

 

Arizona’s one and only regulation win at Prudential Center was on December 15, 2007 by a score of 4-1. The Coyotes also won 3-1 on December 2, 2003. Those were the only two times that the Arizona Coyotes ever defeated the Devils in New Jersey in regulation. The last win prior to that for the Coyotes/Jets franchise was November 16, 1991 when the Jets won 3-1.

 

Injury Updates:

 

Devils – Nico Hischier is day-to-day; Will Butcher is day-to-day

 

Coyotes – Niklas Hjalmarsson (fractured fibula) is out; Jordan Oesterle (head) is out

 

  1. STALL-MATES: Cory Schneider

By Amanda Stein, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/stall-mates-cory-schneider/c-310446268?tid=277567796

 

In a new written series on NewJerseyDevils.com, Amanda Stein sits down with the players to discuss their first stall-mates.

 

Cory Schneider remembers his first NHL locker room neighbors fondly. It was in Vancouver, where the now 32-year-old goaltender broke onto the scene as a 22-year-old. Schneider’s first full NHL season was during the 2010-11 season. Taking his spot in the Canucks locker room, Cory had a veteran goaltender on one side and a Danish right-winger to his left.

 

“Roberto [Luongo] was to my right,” Schneider recalled. “Jannik Hansen was to my left. Jannik and I were the same age, same draft year. We played in Manitoba together.” And so, began a string of seasons where Schneider was sandwiched between the two.

 

When it came to his right-side stall mate in Luongo, Schneider felt the relationship from the six-time All-Star was a little more in the details.

 

“It was more like goalie stuff, like getting ready for games,” he said. “I stole a lot of ideas from him in terms of how I get dressed or some of the little things that he would put underneath his gear or stuff like that. I kind of took ideas from everybody, Curtis Sanford, Luongo, Marty… I’ve kind of picked off little things for myself here and there. And now [Mackenzie] is stealing them from me. It’s like handing down the bible of goaltending.”

 

Although goaltenders can be extra particular about their routines, superstitions, and intricacies, it was on Hansen that Schneider had the most to reveal.

 

“He’s not the most agreeable guy for a Dane,” he said with a smirk. “Louie was great, we got along just fine. But Jannik, I had to define some very clear rules and regulations about space.”

 

The two knew each other well, they had been teammates with the Canucks then-AHL affiliate, Manitoba Moose, but even so, now as stall mates, there was a ‘getting-to-know-you’ process.

 

“He’s very particular so I let him take up most of the space because I didn’t really care. We had a friendly banter about whose stuff was what.”

 

“He’s a funny guy, he likes things a certain way,” he continued. “He’s a pain in the ass, in the nicest way possible. We were together for three years. We never changed [spots], he and I, we had a lot of good banter… we were like ‘frienemies’.”

 

“Frienemies” because Hansen, from what you could gather from Schneider, was quite set in his ways.

 

“It’s like a sibling-rivalry, you kind of get on each other’s nerves sometimes. Or you get sick of the guy, but you’re still buddies. We went out to eat a lot on the road and he was the same way [as he was in the locker room]. He’d be like ‘okay let’s go to dinner now, 6 o’clock, come on. We’re going.” I’d have to be like “Okay Jannik, give me a second here,” and he’d be like “No, we’re going.” And he liked things a certain way.”

 

Slowly, Schneider, day-after-day, began to learn new things about the Danish player, things that you could only gather through hours spent sitting side-by-side.

 

“He yawned a lot during games, he’d always yawn…,” Schneider said. “In-between periods and stuff. I’d be like ‘Jannik, go have a RedBull or a coffee,’ and he’d be like ‘No, no, no, then I won’t be able to sleep tonight.’ But he played with a lot of energy, he skated hard and he played hard and it seemed to work for him. But I couldn’t believe he’d be yawning, and go ‘no, no, no’ and he’d go out there and skate a million miles an hour.”

 

There was also a bit of friendly competition between the two.

 

“We shared tape a lot though, so that worked out really well,” shared Schneider. “We tried to get to the very end of the roll without using it all, so we had good challenges doing that together.

 

“One of us would have to go get a roll, pick one where you think there was enough tape for the both of us before we ran out, but just enough so that there was a bit left. Some days we’d run out and we lost, others we’d get it just right.”

 

And now? Schneider sits at the very end of one of the rows of stalls in the Devils Prudential Center locker room. To his left is Mackenzie Blackwood, followed by a string of empty stalls, used when needed for call-ups. That leaves Schneider with more knowledge about Hansen from years ago, than it does on his current teammates.

 

“I don’t know what half the guys in here do because it’s just me and [Mackenzie Blackwood]. I may look across at Greeney and see what he does but all those guys in the corner, they may as well be on Mars as far as I’m concerned, as to what I know they do before a game or after games.”

 

3) TV/VIDEO LINKS

 

  1. JERSEY LIFE | INFINITI Red Carpet

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/jersey-life–infiniti-red-carpet/t-277437418/c-4422048

 

  1. PRACTICE | Getting Healthy

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/practice–getting-healthy/t-277437418/c-4428517

 

  1. RAW | Hynes 10.24.19

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–hynes-102419/t-277437418/c-4428024

 

  1. RAW | Butcher 10.24.19

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–butcher-102419/t-277437418/c-4427817

 

  1. RAW | Blackwood 10.24.19

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–blackwood-102419/t-277437418/c-4427805

 

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5) NATIONAL PRINT/WEB – N/A

 

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October 24, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

October 24, 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 Arizona Coyotes tomorrow in their first head-to-head contest of the 2019-20 season at Prudential Center (7pm, MSG+, FS-A PLUS).

 

Abbey Mastracco, The Record, gave updates on the Devils prospects playing in the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and American Hockey League.

 

Chris Ryan, NJ.com, spoke to Devils head coach John Hynes about the teams plan for rookie Jesper Boqvist moving forward in the season.

 

“It’s something that we’d like to do, yes,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “I mean I don’t want to sit here and tell you that it’s for sure, but right now, our plan is, yes, to have him here.”

 

“It’s important to him and he’s played pretty well, and he’s a guy that we think is going to be able to progress,” Hynes said. “This is new for him. He’s in the NHL, he’s on a North American sheet. He’s practicing every day against these guys, he’s had opportunities to play. You talk to him, he’s like, ‘I learned something every day. If I play a game, I learned something every shift.’ And that’s invaluable.”

 

“I think it’s tough to say this earlier, how many games he’s going to play,” Hynes said. “Put it this way: There is a plan we have, but we’re not saying, ‘He needs to play this many games.’ I think it’s tough to say that this early on, but we do think he’s in the right place right now.

 

“We think he’s a good player. We think he’s a guy that can continue to get better, and we think this is the right environment for him to be able to continue to grow right now, and that’s what we’re doing. Some of that may be games, some of it might not be games, but that’s what we feel is best at this point.”

 

 

2) LOCAL PRINT/WEB

 

  1. NJ Devils prospect roundup: Ty Smith off to a hot start in WHL

By Abbey Mastracco, The Record

https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nhl/devils/2019/10/23/nj-devils-prospects-ty-smith-off-hot-start-whl/4050528002/

 

Ty Smith is back in business in Spokane, the Binghamton Devils’ season is underway and some future Devils are dominating in Ottawa.

 

Here’s a roundup of how some of the organization’s top talent is faring in their respective leagues this season.

 

Western Hockey League

 

(Spokane) D Ty Smith: 4 goals, 3 assists (7 points) in 7 games

 

The reigning WHL Defenseman of the Year is already making a strong case for his title defense. For the second year in a row, Smith, New Jersey’s first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, was among the last to be cut out of training camp. His late birthday makes him ineligible for the American Hockey League so he was sent back to Spokane for another year of development.

 

The 19-year-old is not the kind of player to pout and remain angry at his situation. Clearly he hasn’t been, as the captain’s point-per-game clip would indicate.

 

 

Does this mean the Devils made a mistake by sending Smith back to his junior team? No, he was inconsistent at best during the preseason and did not show that he was better than Matt Tennyson, Mirco Mueller or Connor Carrick. With all of the defensive problems that have plagued the Devils this season an inexperienced defenseman like Smith would have just been a liability. Instead, Smith has another year to round out his game and become an asset.

 

Ontario Hockey League

 

(Ottawa) C Mitchell Hoelscher: 6 goals, 9 assists (15 points) in 11 games

 

(Ottawa) RW Graeme Clarke: 7 goals, 2 assists (9 points) in nine games

 

(Ottawa) D Nikita Okhotyuk: 0 points, 0 assists in 2 games

 

(Kitchener) D Michael Vukojevic: 0 goals, 4 assists (4 points) in 11 games

 

The Ottawa 67s have already been struggling offensively and now they’ll be without one of their top forwards in Graeme Clarke, a third-rounder taken by New Jersey this year. Clarke was on pace for 52 goals this season before aggravating a shoulder injury two weeks ago. The torn labrum in his left shoulder will require surgery and he’ll be out for four months or more. Even after missing the last two games, he’s still the 67s’ leading scorer with a team-leading seven goals (nine points).

 

Hoelscher, who is tied for the team lead with 15 points, will overtake him soon enough.

 

Okhotyuk, Hoelscher’s roommate last season, missed the first nine games of the season with a broken finger, but the mobile defenseman returned Oct. 15.

 

Vukojevic, who ended Devils’ development camp with a fancy trick shot that had the crowd roaring, is still putting those fancy moves on OHL opponents.

 

European Leagues

 

(SWE) C/LW Nikola Pasic: 3 goals, 7 assists (10 points) in 11 games

 

Pasic’s early-season production for BIK Karlskoga of Allsvenskan, the second-highest tier in Sweden, could have him promoted to the SHL at some point this season. A spot on the national team roster for the IIHF World Junior Championships could be on the horizon as well.

 

American Hockey League

 

The Binghamton Devils haven’t gotten off to a great start. They have a lot of emerging young talent but a 1-3-2 record to start led the club to form a leadership group of AHL veterans. Ben Street was named captain Wednesday with Julian Melchiori, Dakota Mermis and Chris Connor named alternate captains. None were drafted by the Devils. They were all brought in to provide leadership, so it makes sense that they’re in this position but still, it’s a little surprising there aren’t any homegrown players in this group.

 

But the homegrown forwards like Joey Anderson, Brett Seney, Michael McLeod, Nathan Bastian and Marian Studenic are knocking at the door of the NHL. The big club in Newark hasn’t had any injuries up front yet so no reinforcements have been needed anywhere other than the blue line, and Matt Tennyson filled that spot.

 

That said, all of those players are producing offensively. Seney leads the team with seven points and Anderson’s two goals and three assists in six games is a promising start for a player the Devils wanted to see more offense from.

 

  1. How Nico Hischier’s contract extension affects Devils’ salary cap situation next season

By Chris Ryan, NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/10/how-nico-hischiers-contract-extension-affects-devils-salary-cap-situation-in-2020-21.html

 

Nico Hischier secured his future with the Devils when he signed a seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension. Barring a trade, he’ll wear red and black for at least the first 10 years of his NHL career.

 

In paying him that salary now, the Devils are banking on Hischier’s continued development, and as someone who won’t turn 21 until January, there’s still plenty of room for growth in the 2017 No. 1 overall pick.

 

But this story isn’t about Hischier and his deal. It’s about how the contract affects everything else the Devils will be able to do in the confines of the salary cap starting next season.

 

Having Hischier locked up now, rather than signing him to a new contract in the summer of 2020 as a restricted free agent, gives the Devils more cost certainty regarding the cap and the other moves they’ll need to make in June and July.

 

With Hischier’s contract on the books for 2020-21, the Devils will have $53,383,333 committed toward the cap based on their current contracts, per Cap Friendly. Their current 2019-20 payroll is at $76,621,935, with the difference set to come off the books at the end of the season.

 

The current NHL salary cap is at $81.5 million, though that will likely go up a bit before next season. So they’ll have $28,116,667 available to spend in the summer, plus the cap increase.

 

It certainly looks like a lot, but other players are going to need to be paid. The biggest question mark is Taylor Hall, who could be looking at $11 or $12 million per season if he re-signs with the Devils on a long-term contract.

 

If Hall ends up signing elsewhere, all of this becomes moot, because the Devils will have more than enough cap space to spread around. But if he stays, they’ll need to carefully navigate their other pending free agents.

 

Captain Andy Greene is in the final year of his contract that pays him $5 million per season. The $5 million contract of forward Wayne Simmonds and the $4.875 million AAV of defenseman Sami Vatanen also expire this season. Jesper Bratt and Mackenzie Blackwood finish their entry-level contracts in 2019-20, so they’ll likely be in line for raises on their next deals in the summer as RFAs. John Hayden ($750K), Kevin Rooney ($700K) and Mirco Mueller ($1.4 million) will also be free agents.

 

In short, it will probably be difficult for the Devils to retain all of them, though Blackwood and Bratt aren’t going anywhere.

 

Plenty will change between now and when decisions on those players need to be made in June and July, but having Hischier’s contract done now will give the Devils a much clearer picture of the money they have available to sign other players around him.

 

  1. What’s the Devils’ plan for Jesper Boqvist?

By Chris Ryan, NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/10/whats-the-devils-plan-for-jesper-boqvist.html

 

Jesper Boqvist has played in two of the Devils’ first eight games of the season. That might prompt one to think the Devils might ultimately send him back to Sweden, since he’s ineligible to play in the AHL this season due to his European contract.

 

However, the Devils’ hope and expectation at this point is to keep Boqvist in the NHL for the entire 2019-20 campaign.

 

“It’s something that we’d like to do, yes,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “I mean I don’t want to sit here and tell you that it’s for sure, but right now, our plan is, yes, to have him here.”

 

The 2017 second-round pick and 20-year-old is still developing as a player, and this is his first season playing on the smaller rink of North American hockey. So the Devils have been deliberate about rushing him into a full-time role.

 

Sitting games might seem counterintuitive to Boqvist’s development when he could be playing full time in Sweden, but at this point, the Devils see it more beneficial for him to be in this role with the NHL club.

 

“It’s important to him and he’s played pretty well, and he’s a guy that we think is going to be able to progress,” Hynes said. “This is new for him. He’s in the NHL, he’s on a North American sheet. He’s practicing every day against these guys, he’s had opportunities to play. You talk to him, he’s like, ‘I learned something every day. If I play a game, I learned something every shift.’ And that’s invaluable.”

 

Essentially, Boqvist is still on the NHL roster because the Devils see him making an impact this season.

 

Part of Boqvist’s value comes from his range. If the Devils called up a current forward from Binghamton in the AHL, that player would likely slot into one of the team’s bottom two lines. Boqvist could currently fill a bottom-six role, like he’s done in the two games he’s played, but the Devils view his current ceiling as higher than that. If they needed a player to step into a top-six spot or help the power play, Boqvist could do it.

 

So his games will steadily increase if the Devils see him continue to progress. The team, however, doesn’t have a certain number of games they need Boqvist to clear.

 

“I think it’s tough to say this earlier, how many games he’s going to play,” Hynes said. “Put it this way: There is a plan we have, but we’re not saying, ‘He needs to play this many games.’ I think it’s tough to say that this early on, but we do think he’s in the right place right now.

 

“We think he’s a good player. We think he’s a guy that can continue to get better, and we think this is the right environment for him to be able to continue to grow right now, and that’s what we’re doing. Some of that may be games, some of it might not be games, but that’s what we feel is best at this point.”

 

  1. PROSPECT REPORT: Smith Gearing up for Canada-Russia Series

By Peter Robinson, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/prospect-report-smith-gearing-up-for-canada-russia-series/c-310413584?tid=277567796

 

Ty Smith is re-asserting his position as the best defenseman in Canadian major junior hockey.

 

The 19-year-old from Saskatoon, Sask., was sent back to the Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs on the eve of the Devils season opener. His first week back in Spokane saw him pick up WHL player of the week honors and he has settled in at a point-a-game pace through seven games (4A, 3G).

 

“Things are going good,” said the 19-year-old, “we have had some injuries, waiting on some guys to return and are .500. When we start to get back (to full strength) I think we’ll be where we want to be.”

 

The Chiefs are not currently featured in the Canadian Hockey League’s top 10 rankings but generally considered to be a WHL contender, especially after Smith was returned.

 

Smith was picked by the Devils 17th overall at the 2018 NHL Draft, sandwiched between No. 1s Nico Hischier in 2017 and Jack Hughes’ selection in June. And while winning the Draft lottery tends to get most of the attention, Smith became perhaps the most notable non-lottery Devils prospect in the pipeline after his 2018-19 season.

 

That’s because he won both the WHL and CHL defenseman of the year award. Smith’s name is now on a list that includes current NHL defensemen Thomas Chabot (Ottawa), Ivan Provorov (Philadelphia), Dougie Hamilton (Carolina) and Ryan Ellis (Nashville), who have all won it in recent years.

 

Smith’s being sent back was the source of some consternation for Devils fans, who had assumed that his outstanding season in Spokane made making the Devils this season a natural progression. That is not an unreasonable sentiment but it tends to ignore the fact that the path to becoming a full-time NHLer rarely follows a straight line, especially for a defenseman. To wit, only Provorov among former CHL award winners listed above played in the NHL as a teenager.

 

For his part, Smith was circumspect and sounded as though he was now well over any disappointment.

 

“I got the opportunity, got into exhibition games,” he points out, “it doesn’t feel good to get cut. But I have a chance to come back to Spokane and to learn, to grow for another year.”

 

That growth will see Smith again wearing a maple leaf across his chest. Smith already has a track record representing his country in international competition, dating back to the 2016 Youth Olympics. Since then he has twice competed in the World U18s and last year in the World Junior Championship. If healthy, he is expected to be a leader on Team Canada this year in the Czech Republic. He could wear a letter on his sweater when the tournament gets underway on Dec. 26 against the U.S.

 

In the meantime, Smith is expected to serve as one of Team WHL’s captains when it plays two games against Russia during the Canada Russia Series next month.

 

“Ty Smith is going to be a big part of our team,” said Team Canada GM Mark Hunter, the former Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM who has returned to junior hockey with the London Knights, the OHL club that he co-owns with brother, Dale, who will serve as Canada’s head coach.

 

“He and (Detroit Red Wings prospect) Joe Veleno were there last year and wouldn’t have liked how it ended. We’ll be counting on them to lead us.”

 

Hunter is referring to Canada’s loss in overtime to Finland in Vancouver last year; Canada coughed up a 1-0 lead in the final minute and then lost when the Finns scored after they reversed a broken-stick play at the other end of the ice to stun the arena and shock the entire country tuning in on television.

 

The quarter-final exit left Canada in sixth-place; Finland later beat Hughes and the U.S. for gold.

 

Canada’s interest with the World Junior is roughly akin to bowl season in the U.S., coming as it does during the holiday season. Canadian players often cite playing in the World Junior as a career highlight but the honor can be a double-edged sword when results don’t go their way.

 

“It was still a great experience,” said Smith, “I’m looking forward to getting another opportunity especially with what happened last year. We weren’t happy with the result.”

 

  1. BLOG: Brodeur Inducted into Canada’s Sports HOF

By Staff Writer, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/prospect-report-smith-gearing-up-for-canada-russia-series/c-310413584?tid=277567796

 

TORONTO, ON – On Wednesday, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame honored its Class of 2019 Inductees, and Devils great Martin Brodeur was among them.

 

Brodeur won three Stanley Cup Championships and earned the Vezina Trophy four times as the NHL’s best goaltender.

 

NewJerseyDevils.com was on location in Toronto and provided the following coverage of the event.

 

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  1. JERSEY LIFE | INFINITI Red Carpet

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/jersey-life–infiniti-red-carpet/t-277437418/c-4422048

 

  1. REPORT | Brodeur Inducted

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/report–brodeur-inducted/t-277437418/c-69807803

 

  1. 1-ON-1 | Martin Brodeur

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/1-on-1–martin-brodeur/t-277437418/c-69805803

 

  1. RAW | Brodeur Canada’s Sports HoF

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–brodeur-canadas-sports-hof/t-277437418/c-69805703

 

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  1. Attention to detail(s): The process behind the Devils’ pregame hype video, plus notes from extended practice

By Corey Masisak, The Athletic

https://theathletic.com/1317641/2019/10/23/attention-to-details-the-process-behind-the-devils-in-game-hype-videos-plus-notes-from-extended-practice/

 

The first email gets sent in mid-June, and what follows is dozens of meetings, hours of brainstorming, execution and editing and a race to the finish line.

 

The end product is a video designed to fire up the crowd and set the stage for the Devils’ entrance at Prudential Center. It’s a process that involves a lot of people inside the organization and becomes a signature part of the game-day presentation.

 

Ben Broder, vice president of marketing experience for the Devils, spearheads the team in charge of creating New Jersey’s pregame intro video. But a number of employees across departments play a role in helping the video go from the first ideas in the middle of the summer to what Devils fans see just before the team skates onto the ice at The Rock.

 

“Ben’s job is tough because he’s got this tiny window to sort of set the tone and to amplify the energy, but also to tell the story of a number of sort of different faces that might not be familiar to a lot of the fans that are coming into the building,” said Jillian Frechette, senior marketer for the Devils’ managing partners, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment. “And he has to squish all of that into however many minutes that video plays. We introduce our fans to different players and give them a sense of who they are and what they look like without their masks.”

 

Broder’s team works with Frechette’s group, hockey operations and an outside firm to create an idea based around the team’s marketing campaign for the season. The next step is to put together a video that mixes highlights of goals, hits and saves and fits the narrative Broder’s team wants to tell.

 

The marketing campaign for the 2019-20 season is centered around the slogan “We are the ones.” Frechette said the process of landing on a new campaign starts with about a month to go in the season prior.

 

“That’s a collaborative effort,” she said. “We finalize things in the summertime. There are many meetings, many discussions. I think the piece that was really important is it was multi-dimensional. We had to land on something that you could see from different perspectives. ‘We are the ones’ became really important to us, because we could see it through the lens of alumni, we could see it through the lens of a current fan, we could see it through the lens of a future fan.

 

“If it’s an individual shot, if it’s Jack (Hughes), perhaps it is, ‘We’re the ones that will change the game.’ When you think about it through the lens of alumni and it’s Marty (Brodeur), perhaps it’s, ‘We’re the ones that changed the game’ or ‘We’re the ones that hoisted three Cups.’ And then we really love the ones that are aligned with with younger fans that we’re pretty excited about. We’ve got some great images and we love to use the the line, ‘We’re the ones that dare to dream big.’

 

With that marketing idea as the foundation, Broder’s team captured video of players saying various phrases that start with “We are the ones.” The main day of shooting is scheduled for Media Day, when the players suit up in full gear and the Devils’ practice rink is turned into an on-ice movie set.

 

“One of the really important pieces about this campaign is it’s reflective of us in our home,” Frechette said. “We initially had one of our creative people who is a photographer go out and take a bunch of imagery of Newark. I had sent them on this wild goose chase for images of bricks because that was really important to me, but they also took a lot of interesting shots of urban buildings and cement. So our campaign is grounded with bricks, or a nod to our home, which is Newark.

 

“And then bricks also speaks to what our good friends in hockey operations have built in the last little while. Ray (Shero) and his colleagues have built this team brick-by-brick.”

 

Besides creating a script and shooting the players on media day, Broder’s team also has to pick out the highlights for the video. This year’s portion is set to Shinedown’s “Devil” and includes some signature moments, like Taylor Hall’s goal against Ottawa last season after Sami Vatanen’s goal-mouth save at the other end, and Pavel Zacha’s great individual effort in the season finale against the Panthers.

 

It also includes a few clips from this past postseason, like Wayne Simmonds pointing at the Rangers’ Ryan Lidgren after a confrontation and Nikita Gusev scoring at Madison Square Garden. The final highlight of the video is Hughes’ preseason goal against the Rangers at Prudential Center.

 

“There’s a lot of things left on the cutting room floor, but certain highlights or certain reactions just totally stick out to you, right?” Broder said. “I mean, in that scenario, you probably couldn’t write that one any better as a Devils fan. That one happened to be the perfect combination of the opponent it was against, it’s a great celebration and the fans going nuts. It just hit multiple pillars as to why we should choose that highlight.”

 

They also have to build the video in a way that highlights can be added as the season progresses. Goals like Blake Coleman’s one-handed tally scored on opening night and Hughes’ first official NHL goal against the Canucks from this past weekend could find their way in.

 

“You have to leave yourself open to be able to do that because you want to be in the moment,” Broder said. “You want to be able to capitalize and amplify moments that happen throughout the season. We’re ready to react and get that right into the open on the spot. Because you just have to do that in in today’s market, especially in sports, like people want it now.”

 

The Devils have kept the video from last season, with polaroid photos set to Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon,” to start the full pregame experience. Then there are the staples throughout the game — the Rick Flair video, the various references to David Puddy’s Devils fandom on “Seinfeld.”

 

“I think our game-day crew does a great job of getting the fans going,” said Hall, whose love of the Flair montage has been incorporated into the short video this season.

 

Broder said it’s hard to pick a favorite from the pregame hype videos he’s worked on, but the video with Ken Daneyko from the 2017-18 season stands out.

 

“I really enjoyed that one because of the process of working on it. Just being behind the scenes with him, trying to nail those takes and, like, the passion and energy and emotion he had telling the stories to get to the right energy for what we needed to be on the board,” Broder said. “But then just the side stories he would tell just about everything that we didn’t necessarily know. He was like, ‘You all didn’t know that such and such played this game with a broken leg’ in between takes. That was a fun production to put together.”

 

“Every time I watched the one with (Daneyko), I was ready to run through walls,” team president Jake Reynolds said. “Dano has the ability to do that, whether it’s on a video board or on the golf course or in the office. It’s what makes him ‘Mr. Devil.’

 

“I think the one thread that you see that goes through all of these is storytelling, I think these two (Broder and Frechette) are the best in the world at what they do in terms of being able to actually tell the story of “We are the ones who …” and then be able to tell a story based off of that. … There are key pieces of that, whether it’s social, whether it’s billboards, or when you come in, it’s the show that is put on in the arena and the engagement that we have with our fans. When they sit in their seat, and they see those videos, they know the show is about to start and it draws them in.”

 

The plan for fixing the biggest problems

The Devils have some extra time this week with no games between this past Saturday against the Canucks and Friday against the Coyotes at Prudential Center. That gave the coaching staff time to assess some of the issues that ailed the club during its slow start and to work on the solutions in practice.

 

One of the Devils’ biggest problems has been getting the puck cleanly out of the defensive zone. Ideally, the Devils would like to leave their zone in possession of the puck so they have a better chance of creating offense at the other end. But New Jersey has struggled at times to get it out by any means.

 

“We’ll comb through (the breakout clips) and say, ‘OK, is our support where it needs to be in the structure? Are the wings high? Is the center available? Did the defensemen know what outs are available? What’s the best play? Is it weak-side rim? Is it not?’ As coaches, you come in and look at the decisions and the structure. If it’s a structural thing, you want to fix that. Then it comes to the decisions. And then you’re educating the players and saying, ‘These are the habits we need.’ Do we need more support in certain areas of the ice?

 

“Some of that has come back to basic execution where there is an opportunity to make a tape-to-tape pass and we don’t. It’s not really one thing. It’s trying to figure out what it is. Sometimes it is execution. Sometimes it could be the attention to detail with the structure and then other times it is our decisions. And … we’ve had some time here now to really work through all of it.”

 

One area of focus this week at practice has been the team’s play along the boards in its own zone. It hasn’t always been the first pass or first decision that has plagued the Devils’ efforts. It’s the second, which often involves a wing player along the wall, that’s been the point of breakdown on several occasions.

 

“For us, we don’t have big wingers, right?” Hynes said. “So sometimes when the play is along the wall, we’ve got to do a better job on wall play, to either chip it out or come back to the puck a little bit and hit an underneath defenseman or hit our center underneath to be able to come out of the zone with possession.”

 

Another trouble area has been unforced errors. There will be times when the puck bounces over a player’s stick or rolls at an inopportune time and the pass goes awry. But the Devils have had too many slips despite minimal pressure from the opposition.

 

“There’s probably been 10-to-12 in almost every game we’ve played in where we’ve had one forechecker on us and had a clear opportunity to make a decision, wheel it out, make a quick-up pass or move and we haven’t done it,” Hynes said. “Those are the ones you have to win. If a team is in a full, structured forecheck, it is hard to get out. It is hard. But there is probably 10-12 where we should be up and out of your zone a lot easier. And some of that is either support or execution.”

 

All of the problems in the defensive zone have cut down on their time at the other end. They’ve had too many shifts where the forwards have to dump the puck and go for a line change, or fire the puck at the goaltender and head for the bench.

 

The whole cycle of events has led to the Devils being one of the worst teams in the league in Corsi for percentage — or in the share of total shot attempts — at even strength. It’s also limiting the team’s ability to create great scoring chances.

 

“We’ve been a lot of one and done,” Hynes said. “We’re a team that we have to play quick and fast and shoot pucks and recover pucks. We’re not going to be a team that’s going to grind it in the corner if you look at our makeup. But we also can’t be in the corner and throw the puck in the slot and take ourselves out of the offense. We’ve got to move it low-to-high to get a shot, use our speed to recover, maybe beat a guy out of the corner, use the back of the net more. We’ve got to get the other team on the run more and a lot of that has been our puck decisions.

 

“Sometimes I think we want to score right away, and that’s where you’ve got to be able to get in (the zone) and get some shots and make the team defend a bit and that’s when things will open up.”

 

The plan for Jesper Boqvist

Boqvist has played in only two of the first eight games of the season, but the Devils’ plan — for now, at least — is to keep him with the club for the entire season. He has a contract with Brynas in the Swedish Hockey League, and the only out clause is for him to for New Jersey, so sending him to Binghamton to get some extra game action isn’t currently an option.

 

“He’s a guy who has played pretty well, and he’s a guy that we think is going to be able to progress,” Hynes said. “This is new for him. He’s in the NHL. He’s on a North American sheet. He’s practicing against these guys. He’s had a couple chances to play. When you talk to him, he says, ‘I’m learning something everyday. When I play, I learn something every shift.’ That’s invaluable.”

 

Hynes said they would like Boqvist to stick with the Devils, but that it’s not a certainty. He also reiterated that the Devils haven’t set a minimum number of games for Boqvist this season.

 

“Let’s put it this way: There is a plan that we have, but we’re not setting it as, ‘OK, this is how many games he needs to play,’” Hynes said. “It’s tough to say how many it will be, but we do think he’s in the right place.

 

“I think he’s a good player. I think he’s a he’s a guy that can continue to get better. We think this is the right environment for him to able to continue to grow. Some of that is going to be games. Some of it might not be games, but that’s what we feel is best for him right now.”

 

The plan for Taylor Hall

The Devils have been closely monitoring Hall’s early-season progress after he missed the second half of last season with a knee injury. He’s played in every game and leads the Devils’ forwards in ice time per contest, but the Devils are also giving him days off, or “maintenance days,” when they think he needs them.

 

He took off Monday, the first day of practice this week, and had taken a maintenance day in between games last week, as well.

 

“We talked prior to the season on (the plan to give him some extra rest) and then I talk to him fairly regularly, but we also have our sports medicine guys and I deal with them all the time, too,” Hynes said. “If I’m not around, (Hall) might talk to them. I meet with those guys at the end of every day anyways for an assessment of every player and where we are at going into the next day. For him, it’s a little more of here is what our team is going to do and what he may or may not need, and then we just discuss it.”

 

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October 23, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

October 23, 2019 • NEW JERSEY DEVILS NEWS & CLIPS

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Abbey Mastracco, The Record, spoke to Devils center Kevin Rooney about what he has learned from Nikita Gusev from watching him during games.

 

“When he gets from the blue line and in down in that o-zone he’s very dangerous,” Gusev’s part-time linemate Kevin Rooney said Tuesday after practice at Prudential Center. “He’s a fun player to watch and learn from. I’ve picked up on some things he’s done that I’ve never even thought about so it’s cool to have a guy who brings that to the team.”

 

“Once he realizes how the game is played here then it will be easier for him to transition and things will happen a little bit quicker for him,” Rooney said. “But nothing that he’s done has slowed us down.”

 

Chris Ryan, NJ.com, spoke to Devils head coach John Hynes about Pavel Zacha’s play in the teams first eight games and how he has shown how dynamic of a player he could be.

 

“We knew coming into the year that Pav was going to be a guy that we could utilize in certain situations, and whether he’s playing wing or center,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “I slot him up sometimes with (Taylor) Hall’s line which is good because he’s been good on face-offs, so it’s nice to see him have put a couple games, back-to-back, together, and the big thing with him was we need now we need consistency of being that same guy every night.”

 

“He’s been consistently competitive, which is what we’ve been asking him to be,” Hynes said. “He’s been harder on the pucks, his face-offs are coming, but you trust him in the face-off circle right now. He understands how to play in the defensive zone and he has the physical tools to be able to play against top players.”

 

Amanda Stein, newjerseydevils.com, wrote her 10 Takeaways from the past week.

 

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  1. The good, the bad and the Gusev: How NJ Devils’ Nikita Gusev is fitting in

By Abbey Mastracco, The Record

https://www.northjersey.com/story/sports/nhl/devils/2019/10/22/how-nj-devils-nikita-gusev-fitting-his-first-nhl-season/4050527002/

 

NEWARK — There is a reasonable expectation that a player coming from the KHL to the NHL will have a dip in production. The equation translates to about 1/3 of the points produced in the KHL.

 

But try telling that to eager fans who have been watching highlight reels all summer.

 

The expectations for reigning KHL MVP Nikita Gusev were sky-high as the season began. When the New Jersey Devils traded for him over the summer the fanbase seemed to think that made the Devils an instant Stanley Cup contender. The reality is that the team is figuring out how to play with all of their new pieces and Gusev is still adjusting to the North American ice and the NHL game.

 

However, the learning curve isn’t exactly steep for the 5-foot-9, 27-year-old winger. It should be noted this learning curve is more about hockey than anything else. His English is good and getting better, especially since the Devils set him up with a tutor and his wife’s English is very good. He has said in the past he’s comfortable communicating with teammates and coaches and can understand what’s going on in meetings, he’s not necessarily confident using it to speak to the media. That’s not uncommon with young players. It’s also completely understandable.

 

On the ice, Gusev has played up and down the lineup as New Jersey has attempted to figure out the right combinations and no matter who he has played with, he’s been a dynamic game-changer in the offensive zone.

 

“When he gets from the blue line and in down in that o-zone he’s very dangerous,” Gusev’s part-time linemate Kevin Rooney said Tuesday after practice at Prudential Center. “He’s a fun player to watch and learn from. I’ve picked up on some things he’s done that I’ve never even thought about so it’s cool to have a guy who brings that to the team.”

 

But there are adjustments to be made.

 

Gusev has been somewhat turnover-prone, which has led to some one-and-done chances for the Devils in the offensive zone and doesn’t allow them to get anything going offensively with one of their best offensive players on the ice.

 

Some of this is just his creativity with the puck. You take risks and sometimes they pay off, but sometimes they don’t. Other times, they’ve been a result of a faster NHL game speeding up on him.

 

“Some of them, he has less time and space, particularly coming out of his own zone with how hard everyone pinches down with no time and space on smaller ice,” coach John Hynes said. “But some of the plays through the neutral zone or a rush play, those are decisions that have got to be better.”

 

In the last two games, Gusev played with Pavel Zacha centering his line. Zacha can get pretty creative himself but the speed of that line gave the Rangers and Canucks problems. The coaches also put him with Rooney to be able to put him next to a defensively responsible forward who plays a simple enough game that it compliments a flashy one like Gusev’s.

 

And sometimes that’s necessary because we see that learning curve coming into play when he doesn’t have the puck.

 

“I think in this league when you lose possession in the offensive zone, it’s how hard you work and how quick you work to get it back,” Hynes said. “It’s forecheck pressure, it’s tracking back, checking hard in tight gaps and understanding that once you lose it, you have to work really hard to be able to get it back and that’s an adjustment for him.”

 

Teammates say Gusev has been a quick study and they can already see him thinking the game at a quicker pace and eliminating those mistakes off the puck.

 

“Once he realizes how the game is played here then it will be easier for him to transition and things will happen a little bit quicker for him,” Rooney said. “But nothing that he’s done has slowed us down.”

 

With four points in eight games, the early returns on Gusev have been good and they’re only going to keep getting better. The expectations around the team following a 2-4-2 start may have changed but the Devils still think they are a playoff team and Gusev helps get them there.

 

  1. How Devils’ Pavel Zacha has turned into team’s Swiss Army Knife

By Chris Ryan, NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/10/how-devils-pavel-zacha-has-turned-into-swiss-army-knife.html

 

Pavel Zacha’s exact role with the Devils wasn’t clear entering the 2019-20 season.

 

The fourth-year center player across the lineup early in his career, getting some time on nearly every line while even playing at left wing. He proved to be a strong penalty killer and had experience on the power play.

 

It turns out Zacha’s role is filling all of those things.

 

Through eight games, Zacha has been plugged in across the lineup. He started as the team’s fourth-line center, but he’s anchored other lines, and he’s even played games at left wing.

 

“We knew coming into the year that Pav was going to be a guy that we could utilize in certain situations, and whether he’s playing wing or center,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “I slot him up sometimes with (Taylor) Hall’s line which is good because he’s been good on face-offs, so it’s nice to see him have put a couple games, back-to-back, together, and the big thing with him was we need now we need consistency of being that same guy every night.”

 

The biggest example of Zacha’s versatility came in the last two games with center Nico Hischier hurt. Jack Hughes moved up to Hischier’s spot on the top line, but in certain game situations, Hynes turned to Zacha. The forward also jumped on the power play in those games.

 

With Hughes still learning the NHL early in his rookie season, Hynes let Zacha take some of the tougher assignments in recent games, such as defensive-zone face-offs or matchups against other top lines.

 

“It really comes down to the situations in the game. The last couple of games when I’ve done it, it’s been maybe coming out of the timeout if Hall and Palmieri weren’t on prior to that, or there were a lot of penalty kills and they might have to be the line after the penalty kill,” Hynes said. “Palms and Hallsy aren’t killing penalties right now, so it just depends on what the matchup is and what the flow is, because those guys gotta play.”

 

And in a fully healthy lineup , Zacha played a bit on Hughes’ left wing on the third line earlier this season. That gave the Devils another option on face-offs if needed, and Zacha brought a solid defensive presence with him.

 

Since being a healthy scratch in the second game of the season, Zacha has been a staple in the lineup, and he appears to be trending closer to what the Devils want to see, regardless of where he lines up.

 

“He’s been consistently competitive, which is what we’ve been asking him to be,” Hynes said. “He’s been harder on the pucks, his face-offs are coming, but you trust him in the face-off circle right now. He understands how to play in the defensive zone and he has the physical tools to be able to play against top players.”

 

  1. Why Devils have given Taylor Hall maintenance days early in season

By Chris Ryan, NJ.com

https://www.nj.com/devils/2019/10/why-devils-have-given-taylor-hall-maintenance-days-early-in-season.html

 

The Devils are being proactive in managing Taylor Hall’s ice time on non-game days.

 

For a handful of practices over the first three weeks of the regular season, Hall has been absent, taking maintenance days to rest. That was the plan for Hall and the Devils entering the season after he missed the final three-plus months of the 2018-19 season due to a knee injury and surgery in February.

 

Hall has played in all eight of the Devils’ games in 2019-20, and he’s never been a question mark to dress.

 

“I don’t know if it’ll be this way all the time,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “But having come off from not playing, basically, what was it, nine months? Going into training camp and into the games and into the start of the regular season, that first two weeks for us was pretty demanding with the back-to-back games.

 

“So it was just trying to make sure we’re managing him the right way right now and see how it does, and it seems to be working well for him. He’s feeling good.”

 

Hall took one of his maintenance days on Friday between wins against the Rangers and Vancouver Canucks, and he was off the ice again on Monday to start a long week of practice. He returned Tuesday as a full participant.

 

They’ll continue to monitor Hall’s workload in the coming months to keep him on the best plan for managing his practice schedule, and Hynes said he talked to Hall about it entering the season.

 

Hynes and Hall still talk regularly, but the decisions on his maintenance days also come from input from the team’s sports medicine staff. Hynes meets with the group daily to talk about Hall and every player.

 

“For (Hall) it’s a little bit more out of, here’s what our team’s gonna do, this is what we think he may or may not need and then we just discuss it daily,” Hynes said.

 

  1. 10 TAKEAWAYS: The Week of Jack

By Amanda Stein, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/news/10-takeaways-the-week-of-jack/c-310358148?tid=277567796

 

NEWARK, NJ – Oh, what a week it has been!

 

Patience, sometimes it’s hard, I know. But here we are, a week later from when we last met and New Jersey has posted two consecutive victories. There have been some success stories this week, first points, goals and how many blocked shots exactly?!

 

It’s been a good week for New Jersey, who only play again on Friday, hosting Arizona.

 

Let’s have a look back on the week that was with the 10 Takeaways brought to you by Ticketmaster.

 

1.

The Week of Jack, it was a big one on many counts. I’ll try not to make this all about the rookie, but it just so happened that the schedule makers put together a string of games that would be meaningful to the 18-year-old and his game rounded out just in time. For starters, the Devils and Rangers rivalry has been taken to a new level, dating back to April 9, 2019. That was the day of the NHL draft lottery, from there we all knew it was Devils picking first, Rangers second. And the Hughes versus Kaapo Kakko debate began.

 

On Thursday night, the Devils hosted the Rangers for the first time this season, which also marked the first time the two players met on an NHL ice surface. During the preseason, when one was playing the other wasn’t, so this was a first.

 

Hughes picked a good time for his first point – it came against the Rangers, assisting on a Miles Wood goal. Kakko did not factor into any Rangers scoring.

 

2.

 

Just a game later? The questions turned from Hughes versus Kakko to Hughes versus Hughes. With the Vancouver Canucks in town, Jack would face off against his brother Quinn for the first time in their very young NHL careers. Quinn was drafted seventh overall by the Canucks in 2018

 

And so, Jack picked an ideal night for his first NHL goal. It was a snipe from atop the circle on the power play and stood as the game-winner. In fact, it was the only goal scored that night as the Devils shutout the Canucks 1-0.

 

3.

I don’t know why but I’ve been very obsessed with this stat, so I thought I’d share it. Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier scored their first career NHL goals exactly two years apart. Nico scored his on October 19th, 2017 while visiting Ottawa, while Jack had his on October 19th, 2019. It probably doesn’t mean a thing, but I like the coincidence, and now you have this stat to tell your friends.

 

4.

While we’re discussion Nico, he will be around with the Devils for the foreseeable future. On October 18th, the 20-year-old agreed to an extension with New Jersey that extends his entry level contract by another seven seasons for $50.75 million-dollars. That sum of money officially goes down as the richest contract handed out to a Swiss-born NHL player.

 

It was not only a big day for Nico, but one for general manager Ray Shero and his staff. This is a very proud moment, having drafted Nico first overall in 2017, to see him commit to the team on the long-term as a “home-grown” talent.

 

“Our own pick, home grown player,” Shero said. “Some players like this…some players are signing shorter extensions, maybe waiting for the salary cap to go up… when he’s happy he knows it. And he knows how he can have success here.”

 

“The confidence they give me is all a player can ask for,” Hischier said. “We have a young, exciting team, and I am driven to try my best to help the team succeed every day. I was really welcomed here from day one, and I have always felt that I wanted to be part of the Devils.”

 

5.

When the Devils were away in Boston last weekend, Olympian Lindsey Vonn, who happens to be P.K. Subban’s fiancée, was out visiting local animal shelters. It appears Vonn made a spur of the moment decision to take home four foster dogs. Keep in mind, Lindsey and PK already have four dogs of their own!

 

Maybe it was a little more than PK and Lindsey could handle, but a couple of teammates stepped in to help out. Kyle Palmieri and his wife Ashlee stepped in and will adopt one of the dogs, who will join the pup they already have, Penelope. The Carrick’s, Connor and his wife Lexi, are currently fostering one of the dogs named Indie.

 

6.

Someone tweeted me the other day, asking why Mackenzie Blackwood always throws the water bottle above the goaltender’s net to the bench before the start of every period. I got to the bottom of it this week. Turns out, in Junior Blackwood once let in a goal that popped the water bottle. It bothered him, he didn’t like seeing that physical reaction, so, that was it. It wasn’t going to happen again. Ever since then, he’s gotten rid of the bottle on top of the net, just a precaution to make sure that embarrassing moment doesn’t happen ever again.

 

I’m not sure video exists, I went looking.

 

7.

This past week, the Devils posted their first two victories of the season. The victories didn’t just include four points in the standings, it also gave us our first glimpse of the “Player of the Game” prop. In 2017 it was a jacket, provided to the club from their trip to West Point, in 2018 it was that glorious, flashy helmet gifted to the club from SC Bern during the Global Series. This year, it’s another jacket and it’s fantastic. Actually, it’s a whole outfit – a ‘Top Gun’ jacket along with the aviators.

 

First winner? Will Butcher, which was handed to him by team captain Andy Greene after the first win of the season against the Rangers.

 

The second winner, Jack Hughes, after his first NHL goal stood as the game-winner and only goal against the Canucks.

 

From here on out, the previous winner hands the jacket and glasses to the next winner after each win.

 

8.

Can you stay up until 11:35 p.m.? Because I can’t. But I made the extra effort on Sunday night. Our very own NJ Devil made an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The two made a Twitter bet during the Devils and Rangers matchup this week and well, not only did the Devils win the game, but NJ himself also won. He got to make an appearance on Fallon’s show, where he got to smash a pie in the late-night host’s face.

 

This is going to escalate quickly, isn’t it?

 

The Devils and Rangers play three more times this season.

 

9.

Did you know that the Devils, in one game alone blocked 23 shots last week. Against the Vancouver Canucks, the Devils blocked a whole lot of shots, which might be a microcosm of the number of penalty minutes in the game. The Canucks had seven power plays, but the penalty killers and their shot-blocking prowess managed to keep the Canucks 0-for-7.

 

No surprise here, captain Andy Greene lead the team in blocked shots with five.

 

“We don’t want to take that many penalties, obviously,” Greene said. “But when you’re killing for 12-plus minutes you’re going to start to get tired and then you have to be forced into position to make more blocks. I think if we can cut those penalties down to three, you won’t get as many blocked shots probably.”

 

Compare that number in the win against the Rangers, the New Jersey had just six blocked shots.

 

10.

Last week John Hynes had a meeting with PK Subban. He asked Subban to simplify his game, he didn’t need PK to do everything. That message seemed to have really positioned Subban to success. In the following game, the 30-year-old defenseman was a force to be reckoned with on the ice against the Rangers. He tallied his first goal, an empty net clearing attempt and tied a career-high with nine shots on net. The last time Subban had nine shots on net was with Nashville in February of 2018.

 

BONUS:

Check out this fantastic video from the Binghamton Devils. They’re hosting a Star Wars night and if you ask me, some of these guys given their impressions have no idea what Star Wars is!

 

3) TV/VIDEO LINKS

 

  1. RAW | Hynes 10.22.19

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–hynes-102219/t-277437418/c-4409240

 

  1. RAW | Butcher 10.22.19

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–butcher-102219/t-277437418/c-4409136

 

  1. RAW | Subban 10.22.19

By New Jersey Devils, newjerseydevils.com

https://www.nhl.com/devils/video/raw–subban-102219/t-277437418/c-4409073

 

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New Jersey Devils 2019-20 Media Guide

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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

 

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5) NATIONAL PRINT/WEB – N/A

 

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