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Devils Daily: Smith Discourse, Hughes MVP Odds, & More



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The New Jersey Devils were given an off day on Tuesday. They’ll practice on Wednesday morning before they set out for their four-game road trip. The National Hockey League invited media to attend a 2024 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™ news conference today at 10 a.m. ET, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. More on that later today. Plus, what the odds say on Devils Jack Hughes winning the MVP, Jesper Bratt love, and does Pittsburgh need to add another player?

Let’s do that hockey.

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New Jersey Hockey Now: There’s been a lot of discourse about Brendan Smith over the last few days. We checked in with the Devils head coach to get his thoughts on the veteran defenseman’s play. Jack Hughes is on a torrid pace to start the 2023-24 season. He’s collected a point in all but one game and leads the NHL in scoring. Here’s what the odds say about his chances to win the MVP award.

With all the attention going to Hughes, Jesper Bratt isn’t getting enough love. Meghan Chayaka and the team at Stathletes want to remind you just how good the Devils forward is.

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Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins weren’t all that good last season. After acquiring 100-point defenseman Erik Karlsson, the expectations were raised. It’s not going so well this season, however, and the Penguins might need to make another move.

Boston Bruins

Boston Hockey Now: Matt Poitras forced the Bruins to make a decision. The 19-year-old met his nine-game threshold and was either to be sent back to junior or remain with the Bruins. Fortunately for the rookie, he’ll be sticking around in Boston.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado Hockey Now: Uh-oh. Is health going to hinder the Avalanche again this season? Cale Makar and Bo Bryan both missed practice on Tuesday and are questionable to play Wednesday.

Florida Panthers

Florida Hockey Now: Unfortunately, we’ve seen one to many unnecessary injuries occur in recent days. Charlie McAvoy threw an illegal check on Oliver Ekman-Larsson and has since been penalized.

San Jose Sharks

San Jose Hockey Now: The Sharks are off to a historically bad start this season. SJHN breaks down their start and if you believe it, it’s not all bad.

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