Look, I get it. The New Jersey Devils aren’t playing the way they did last season. It’s disappointing and you’re frustrated. However, whether you want to believe it or not, there’s still time to salvage this season. The Devils are just six points out of playoff position and by points percentage, it’s even less. However, as explained in the links, if the Devils are to sneak into the playoffs, Tom Fitzgerald must buy ahead of the deadline to give his team a boost. A Devils trade could do wonders for this group.
Elsewhere, Morgan Rielly’s actions earned him an in-person hearing, more details are in the link below. Plus, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins are on the same life cycle, and the predicament with Colorado and Ryan Johansen.
Let’s do that hockey.
New Jersey Hockey Now: There’s little doubt that the Devils have struggled this season. However, general manager Tom Fitzgerald should be a buyer ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline despite the struggles.
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NHL.com: Morgan Rielly will have an in-person hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Tuesday for his cross-check on Ridley Greig. That means he can be assessed a six-game or more suspension. The time and date of the hearing are still to be determined.
The Athletic ($): Speaking of Morgan Rielly, is there a right way to score on an empty net? Ridley Greig certainly might be reflecting on that question.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Pittsburgh Penguins’ long-time rivals, the Washington Capitals share a similar life cycle and are facing the same momentous decisions to chase the playoffs or begin selling parts before the NHL trade deadline.
Colorado Hockey Now: The Colorado Avalanche’s experiment with Ryan Johansen has failed. What can they do with the center who has another year left on his contract?
Philly Hockey Now: Following an 8-1 loss to Philadelphia Flyers prospect Matvei Michkov‘s old SKA St. Petersburg, HC Sochi has officially been eliminated from KHL playoff contention.