The job is always fun. However, today is one of those days where it’s extra fun.
The New Jersey Devils host the New York Rangers tonight at the Prudential Center. There’s always a different buzz whether it be with the fans, the media, or the players on nights like this one.
What makes it even better is the anticipation leading up to tonight’s first meeting between Metropolitan Division rivals. The Devils star forward is a game-time decision and just might make a return after missing five games. On Broadway, it’s the same waiting game for their All-Star goaltender. We’ll have to wait until either the coaches speak or warmups to learn more about this one.
Elsewhere, how the Devils landed on their head coach, Philadelphia’s No.1 prospect is having his way in Russia, and another team in the mix for Patrick Kane.
Let’s do that hockey.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: Friday brought some pretty exciting news. The Devils’ star forward, Jack Hughes, was back on the ice for practice ahead of Saturday night’s Hudson River Rivalry.
NJ.com: Before Lindy Ruff was hired by the Devils, general manager Tom Fitzgerald had a list of eight other coaching candidates. A friend convinced Fitzgerald to give Ruff a chance. The rest is history.
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: After the Devils snapped their five-game win streak, New Jersey seemingly pulled a few loose threads in the Penguins system that Pittsburgh will have to patch up.
Chicago Hockey Now: For the Hawks, Corey Perry has been worth every penny so far, providing leadership both on and off the ice.
Colorado Hockey Now: After Arturi Lehkonen suffered a long-term injury, there’s suddenly a roster spot open. According to a report, the Avs are in the mix for Patrick Kane.
Philly Hockey Now: After a rocky start to his season in the KHL, Flyers prospect Matvei Michkov is having a historic season playing for HK Sochi.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Hockey Now: Taking part in the NJL’s Global Series, Lucas Raymond and the Red Wings left Sweden with disappointing results.