Look, it’s the absolute truth that it’s not easy to lose your top two centers. That’s what happened to the New Jersey Devils in a matter of a week. However, not many teams can still ice elite talent with the injuries New Jersey has sustained. The Devils, fortunately, can. Timo Meier and Jesper Bratt, among others, can be enough to keep New Jersey in the hunt. It won’t be easy, but they have the talent and depth to get it done.
The Devils are off today as they travel to Chicago to take on the Blackhawks. We likely won’t get any updates or recalls until Sunday when the team is back on the ice.
Elsewhere, Mike Sullivan is shaking things up in Pittsburgh, Marchand is back in the headlines, and more.
Let’s do that hockey.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: The Devils lost their franchise forward, Jack Hughes, on Friday night. The NHL’s leading scorer was part of a nasty collision resulting in an upper-body injury.
More NJHN: That wasn’t New Jersey’s only loss on Friday as defensive breakdowns led to a 4-1 victory for the Blues. Read up on the takeaways here.
Devils.NHL.com: Hear from the Devils in the locker room following their loss in St. Louis.
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins are still trying to figure it out a month into the season. Mike Sullivan makes some lineup changes to send a message to his team.
Boston Hockey Now: In the same night that Tyler Bertuzzi said Brad Marchand is “full of sh*t,” Marchand is in the center of controversy again.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Hockey Now: As a result of recent, unfortunate events, Red Wings defenseman Jake Walman contemplates wearing cut-resistant gear.
Florida Hockey Now: After the Panthers finally got Sam Bennett back in game action, they lose the forward to injury once again.
Philly Hockey Now: For the first time in his career, journeyman defenseman Louie Belpedio lit the lamp en route to the Flyers 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres.