The New Jersey Devils are officially back in playoff position. New Jersey routed the Ottawa Senators on Friday night in a 6-2 victory. Goaltender Nico Daws was strong in his debut. More on that in the links below.
The Devils received a little bit of help on Long Island to regain playoff position. The New York Islanders defeated the Washington Capitals in regulation last night, allowing New Jersey to jump the Caps in the standings. The Devils have the opportunity to pad their place in the standings with two more points tonight, although they’ve been pretty bad on the second leg of back-to-backs this season.
In the links, plenty to read up on about the Devils’ goaltending including Daws’ performance on Friday, how he’s feeling post-surgery, and Akira Schmid getting roughed up in his return to the AHL.
Elsewhere, Evgenii Malkin is okay flying under the radar in Pittsburgh, is Boston on the brink of a big goaltender extension? And a former NHLer is in hot water overseas in the KHL.
Let’s do that hockey.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: Devils goaltender Nico Daws explains he’s feeling the best he ever has following his hip surgery. The German-born goaltender opened up about how it’s specifically helping improve his game in the crease.
More NJHN: The Devils dominated the Ottawa Senators, cruising to a 6-2 victory on Friday night. Daws was solid in his season debut, meanwhile, Jesper Bratt and the Hughes brothers turned in big performances.
Even More: Meanwhile, in his return to the AHL, Akira Schmid is roughed up for five goals. That’s not the way the Devils’ organization wanted things to start for the Swiss goaltender.
NHL.com: Kevin Bahl spent his Junior career in Ottawa playing for the 67’s. His billet family was in attendance at his 100th NHL game Friday night when the Devils visited the Senators.
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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Evgeni Malkin is happy not dealing with the sometimes suffocating media throng that teammate and Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby manages on a near-daily basis. He’s a little bothered but enjoys the upside of being underrated by the North American hockey world, and he’s already begun the countdown to 500 goals.
Boston Hockey Now: Could the Boston Bruins be making a big announcement regarding goalie Jeremy Swayman by this time next week?
Philly Hockey Now: Matvei Michkov is back and setting the hearts of Philadelphia Flyers fans on fire once again. There’s nothing this kid can’t do.
Calgary Hockey Now: Former Flames deadline acquisition Nick Ritchie has found himself in hot water after an interaction with Ottawa Senators 2016 sixth-round pick Marcus Nurmi during a Thursday night game between TPS Turku and Oulun Kärpät in the Finnish Liiga.