Yesterday was a quiet day. The New Jersey Devils held an optional skate in Seattle ahead of their tilt with the Kraken tonight. The following skaters were on the ice yesterday for practice:
Jesper Bratt, Nathan Bastian, Luke Hughes, Kevin Bahl, Alexander Holtz, Simon Nemec, Dawson Mercer, Chris Tierney, Brendan Smith, Colin Miller, Michael McLeod, Vitek Vanecek, & Akira Schmid.
Of note in that group is Smith. He fulfilled his two-game suspension as of Tuesday and is available to be placed back in the lineup tonight. We’ll see what head coach Lindy Ruff does with the hybrid veteran.
Elsewhere, Nashville’s GM is quite unhappy, a bidding war in Calgary, a long-awaited debut in Detroit, & more.
Let’s do that hockey.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: The emergence of Simon Nemec has fortunately given the Devils the option to not have to worry about filling Dougie Hamilton’s role externally. As a result, New Jersey remains in the market for a stabilizing defenseman.
NHL.com: Notes and updates from Seattle from Wednesday’s afternoon skate ahead of the Devils’ tilt against the Kraken.
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: What is wrong with the Penguins? After a melancholy loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, PHN analyzes and grades some individual efforts.
Nashville Hockey Now: Preds GM Barry Trotz tried his best Lou Lamoriello impersonation with Tyson Barrie and his camp. However, word is out that Barrie wants a change in scenery and Trotz is not happy.
Philly Hockey Now: Flyers phenom prospect Matvei Michkov has been named an All-Star in the KHL. However, he’s going to miss the upcoming All-Star festivities.
Calgary Hockey Now: The Flames are seemingly hosting a silent bidding war on defenseman Noah Hanifin. Multiple reliable sources throughout the league have cited teams with interest in the two-way defenseman.
Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Hockey Now: It’s finally showtime in Detroit. Patrick Kane is set to make his Red Wings debut tonight when Detroit hosts San Jose to face the Sharks.