It was a travel day for the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday as they returned home to Newark, New Jersey following their four-game road trip.
The Devils are scheduled to practice at 11 am on Thursday. It will likely be the usual suspects. Don’t expect any surprises on the ice.
Perhaps we’ll receive an update on some of those who are a bit dinged up right now. However, the expectation is that next week — at the earliest — is when the Devils might get a little healthier. Before you get too excited, it’s unlikely to be Hischier and less likely to be Hughes. Instead, it could be Tomas Nosek and/or Colin Miller.
Elsewhere, the Devils could use some help on the blue line. Maybe Craig Conroy can help. Plus, LA is on a heater, Florida’s shakeup works out, and San Jose makes a deal with Minnesota.
Let’s do that hockey.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: The Devils are struggling with defense. Vitek Vanecek has provided excellent goaltending and the team can still score despite missing their stars. If the Calgary Flames are purging blue liners, the Devils should be calling.
More NJHN: Ross Colton was fined for his cross-check on Timo Meier. Here are the details.
‘Round the Rink
NHL.com: The LA Kings are on a heater right now as they won their seventh straight contest last night. Four of those wins have been on the road.
National Hockey Now
Colorado Hockey Now: The Avalanche are having success on both sides of the pond. One of their top prospects returned to action yesterday and did so with a vengeance.
Florida Hockey Now: Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice knew his team needed a change after it blew a three-goal lead to the Blue Jackets on Monday. One of them was moving Carter Verhaeghe.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: The Sharks acquired Minnesota Wild defenseman Calen Addison on Wednesday. A former teammate while in Minnesota says Addison is a good fit with the Sharks.
Carolina Hockey Now: Amid lineup shuffles amongst the Hurricanes, Brady Skjei is bringing consistency to Carolina’s lineup.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Hockey Now: The Red Wings have a first-period problem this season. They’re being outscored 7-1 in the past seven games.