The New Jersey Devils actually played the Philadelphia Flyers pretty well despite the results. They dominated the game at 5-on-5 and really only lost because the Flyers were able to cash in on a few costly mistakes. As for Timo Meier, it was more of the same.
Through nine straight games now, Meier has been kept off the scoresheet. Head coach Lindy Ruff explained it’s part of the process of him fully recovering. However, he also didn’t hold back from saying he needed to work harder. Following Thursday morning’s skate, Meier opened up about his injury.
“It’s a long season,” Meier explained. “There are times where you have some bumps and bruises. But that’s never an excuse. I feel ready to play. You just have to go out there and work. Keep it simple and work hard.”
One of the things Meier focused on was the little details of his game. He’s working to get back to his form and believes that those small areas will translate to finding his way back to the scoresheet.
“When things aren’t going your way just go back to the basics,” Meier continued. “Focus on playing well defensively, playing hard, getting yourself into the game. Maybe it’s a hit, a blocked shot. Maybe it will build your confidence and your play. And it will lead up to offensive production.”
Meier’s clearly not 100% quite yet, but he’s working through the struggles.
“I’m hard on myself. I have high expectations. We have high expectations as a team. Definitely not happy with my play, but you’ve got to learn from it. Sometimes those situations can make you better as a player, make you stronger.”
Prior to puck drop with the Edmonton Oilers tonight, the Devils looked the same during line rushes.
Devils Pre-Game Workflow
Erik Haula – Jack Hughes – Tyler Toffoli
Ondrej Palat – Nico Hischier – Jesper Bratt
Timo Meier – Dawson Mercer – Alexander Holtz
Curtis Lazar – Michael McLeod – Nathan Bastian
Jonas Siegenthaler – Simon Nemec
Kevin Bahl – John Marino
Brendan Smith – Luke Hughes
Colin Miller was the lone absentee from this morning’s practice. He and his wife are expecting and he was out attending the family matter.
Congratulations to the Millers.