The New Jersey Devils didn’t skate yesterday per CBA-mandated law. Following a busy week last week, Saturday was a scheduled off day for New Jersey. However, today is a travel day for the team. There won’t be a skate according to what we’re told. They’re headed right for Vancouver. Hopefully, this mental reset can benefit the current Devils goaltending crisis.
It’s an interesting wrinkle given how things unfolded on Friday. The Devils handed the San Jose Sharks their first win on the road, their first one this season. It was also the first time San Jose scored more than one goal in a game on the road.
Perhaps it’s for the best. The Devils could use a nice mental reset to return to their winning ways. Granted, they won three of their last four contests. However, they only really looked themselves in half of those contests.
Maybe a few days away from the rink will help the Devils find consistency.
Let’s get to some links.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: New Jersey reassigned Samuel Laberge to the Utica Comets on Saturday. The Devils head out for a four-game road trip today. Here’s what the reassignment means.
More NJHN: Following Dougie Hamilton’s surgery, New Jersey recalled Simon Nemec. He was solid in his NHL debut.
‘Round the Rink
NY Post: The NHL is in a goaltending crisis. Especially a team like the Devils. Larry Brooks explains what the issue in net around the league is right now.
National Hockey Now
Boston Hockey Now: In a spirited tilt between the Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs, Brad Marchand and Ryan Reaves trade pre-game chirps.
Colorado Hockey Now: Unfortunate news out of Colorado. Cale Makar exited the Avs game with the Anaheim Ducks early last night.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: The Sharks have been handing out their own unique post game award in the locker room. Here’s what makes it so different.
Philly Hockey Now: John Tortorella was actually quite please with the Flyers win over the Penguins. “We’ve got balls.” More here.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Hockey Now: He’s yet to play in a game for Detroit, but he’s certainly involved. Patrick Kane was on the call for Alex DeBrincat’s 200th career NHL goal. You gotta hear it.