The New Jersey Devils were off for a travel day on Wednesday as they made their way to Pittsburgh. They’ll face the Penguins looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
We await the decision on Jack Hughes and whether or not he’ll meet the Devils before they return home. Whether he plays or not is unknown, but it’s a positive development regardless. Having him around the team should surely lift spirits and, hopefully, help break the skid New Jersey is on. All eyes are on Saturday for the franchise forward’s return against the New York Rangers.
Elsewhere, the Devils make a few transactions, Boston’s could look into plucking a defenseman from Calgary, and a high-profile prospect for Colorado opens up about when he thinks he’ll ink his first NHL deal.
Let’s do that hockey.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: The Devils subtly took Colin Miller off injured reserve on Tuesday after he returned to practice on Monday. In a corresponding move, captain Nico Hischier is placed on the IR.
DailyFaceoff: The Devils have been without their top two centers Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier. In their absence, the team has struggled. However, according to the DailyFaceoff Live panel, New Jersey’s issues go far beyond their key injuries.
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Rikard Rakell was acquired by Pittsburgh in the 2021-22 season to score goals. He scored 28 of them in 2022-23, however, has struggled to find twine this season.‘I’m Not a More Rotten Hockey Player Than I Was Last Year’
Boston Hockey Now: For Boston, the obvious choice to pluck someone from Calgary lies in Elias Lindholm. However, could Sweeney make another attempt to acquire Noah Hanifin instead?
Colorado Hockey Now: In an interview overseas, prospect Nikolai Kovalenko disclosed he’s eyeing to sign a contract with Colorado to help the Avalanche in a playoff run.
Florida Hockey Now: For years, rumors were afoot that Florida could relocate to Quebec when the Panthers’ arena lacked fans in the stands. Those rumors have quieted. However, the Panthers will be going to Quebec after all, to play in a preseason tilt against the Los Angeles Kings.
NYI Hockey Now
NYI Hockey Now: Unlike Anthony Beauvillier who went the other way to the Canucks, Bo Horvat returns to Vancouver for the first time since he was traded to the Islanders in January. How will he be received after he made some stark comments about the city of Vancouver post-trade?