The New Jersey Devils were off on Sunday after they returned to the win column Saturday night.
It was a busy, polarizing weekend in which the Devils put up a stinker on Friday, however, looked much more themselves on Saturday. That had a lot to do with New Jersey’s captain returning and restoring balance to the lineup and it was certainly a step in the right direction.
The Devils will take the ice this morning and it’s anticipated we’ll get a clearer update on Timo Meier according to head coach Lindy Ruff. The power forward opted for Saturday morning’s optional skate. We’ll see if he’s out there this morning with the rest of the squad.
Elsewhere, the Devils and Islanders make a swap, Boston has sprung a leak, and confusion in Chicago.
Let’s do that hockey.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: The Devils traded forward Tyce Thompson to the Islanders in exchange for Arnaud Durandeau. Here’s the skinny on the exchange.
More NJHN: Brendan Smith is playing in a new role as a gritty forward. It’s paying off for all parties, and Smith’s coach and teammates are certainly noticing.
NJ.com: The Devils put up a seven spot against the Buffalo Sabres in Nico Hischier’s return to the lineup. Their 7-2 victory was historic in this specific statistic.
National Hockey Now
Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins once again came out of the gate of the regular season hot. However, as the season progresses, they’ve sprung some leaks in the wake of losing Patrice Bergeron & David Krejci this summer.
Colorado Hockey Now: Following the Avs victory over the Calgary Flames on Saturday, views from the locker room showed forward Arturi Lehkonen out of a brace, a positive development given the nature of his injury.
Chicago Hockey Now: Cory Perry has stepped away from the Blackhawks, that much we know. However, what we don’t know is the nature of the situation. Conflicting statements show the Chicago organization and Perry’s agent see things from two different standpoints.
Florida Hockey Now: The Panthers were shut out by the Jets a few nights ago. Rather than placing the blame on those who were on the ice, head coach Paul Maurice pinned the loss on himself.
New York Islanders
NYI Hockey Now: From the New York perspective, the Isles acquired former Devils forward Tyce Thompson on Sunday, a player with Long Island roots.