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BLOG: Monday Practice Updates 10.21.19

Updates, news, notes and video links from Devils practice on Monday in Newark

by Staff NJDevils /

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils hit the ice on Monday at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House at Prudential Center for practice. They have a few days to get ready for their next opponent, as they don't play until Arizona comes to town on Friday.

Tweet from @amandacstein: Practice sessions have split up into forwards and defense working with different coaches on different sides of the ice. #NJDevils John Hynes and his coaching staff are using this long break from games as a mini-camp.

Stay tuned for full coverage and check the links below for more.

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BLOG: Blackwood Sick, Devils Employee Steps In

Devils Manager of Premium Service Casey Ferris was called upon to serve as a second goaltender in practice

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

Mackenzie Blackwood did not take part in Devils practice on Monday morning, leaving the New Jersey Devils down a goaltender for practice.

Have no fear, the Devils and all their employees look out for one another.

Casey Ferris, Manager, Premium Service, had goalie equipment in his car and was called upon to serve as a second goaltender in practice today.

This isn't the first time Ferris has suited up on short notice, he also ran into this scenario last season, so he's a veteran now at stepping away from his desk and onto the ice!

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BLOG: Hall Maintenance, Butcher Skates

Injury updates from practice, presented by JAG-ONE Physical Therapy

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

Forward Taylor Hall was not on the ice with his teammates this morning for practice, instead electing to take a maintenance day. 

Meanwhile, injured defenseman Will Butcher, who was placed on Injured Reserve on Saturday was able to skate on his own today prior to practice.

Butcher did not participate in the regular practice schedule, but being on the ice on his own is a step in the right direction for his recovery. 

The 24-year-old was injured against the New York Rangers last week and was unable to finish the game. 

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JAG-ONE Physical Therapy POTW: Week 3

In week three of JAG-ONE Physical Therapy Plays of the Week, it's Jack Hughes' first professional goal against Mackenzie Blackwood's breakaway stop

by Staff NJDevils /

In a new weekly Devils feature, JAG-ONE Physical Therapy pits two plays from the previous week against each other and lets you the fans decide the winner.

Last week, Damon Severson's goal was our winner. This week, it's Jack Hughes' first NHL goal up against Mackenzie Blackwood's big breakaway save.

Video: PLAYS OF THE WEEK | Hughes vs Blackwood

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PODCAST: Wayne Simmonds Says Everything You Wanted to Know About Snarples

The big Devils off-season acquisition talks about off-ice and on-ice influences, family, live as an NHLer and more

by Marc Ciampa /

To listen to any episode of the New Jersey Devils Official Podcast, please visit then connect with your favorite podcast provider.

The third episode of the Devils Official Podcast is forward Wayne Simmonds. 

Simmonds was a major off-season acquisition for the Devils who flew under the radar thanks to other big acquisitons in P.K. Subban and first-overall pick Jack Hughes.

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BLOG: NJ Devil pies Jimmy Fallon in the face

The Devils mascot went on Fallon Tonight to pie Jimmy Fallon in the face after they made a bet on Twitter

by Staff NJDevils /

Before the Rangers and Devils game on Thursday, NJ Devil tweeted at huge Rangers fan Jimmy Fallon to make a bet.

Tweet from @NJDevil00: Hey @jimmyfallon if we win tonight, i get to come on @FallonTonight and pie you in the face, deal? #NJDevils

Fallon was a good sport and agreed to the bet.

Tweet from @jimmyfallon: Youre a dope - but if you really want me to do that? See you Sunday NIGHT!!! Go @NYRangers !!!!

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SUNDAYS WITH STAN: The First Milestone Season

Stan Fischler writes about the Devils first milestone season in his weekly column

by Stan Fischler StanFischler / Special to

Nobody was expecting a Stanley Cup finalist when the New Jersey Devils took the ice in their maiden (1982-83) season at The Meadowlands.

Matter of fact, nobody knew quite what to expect but that first home game at Byrne Arena against the Pittsburgh Penguins filled every Garden State fan with a ray of winning sunshine.

Even media skeptics were compelled to eschew their normal negativism after one view of the new ice product.

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GAME STORY: Devils 1, Canucks 0

Mackenzie Blackwood was perfect while Jack Hughes scored his first in the Devils win over Vancouver

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

NEWARK, NJ - Mackenzie Blackwood made 25 saves and Jack Hughes scored his first NHL goal to propel the Devils to their second-straight win, a 1-0 victory over Vancouver.

"The way we started here, we struggled a lot and couldn't seem to get anything going," said Blackwood, who had his third career shutout. "For us to get two back-to-back wins and start to get a little bit of streak going, it's huge for us. Not only on the scoreboard but mentally and for the gel of the team and just everything moving forward."

Video: POST-GAME | vs. Canucks

In front of a large group of his friends and family and with his brother suited up for the opposition, 2019 first-overall pick Jack Hughes scored his first National Hockey League goal to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.

Taylor Hall fed Hughes from the far-side faceoff dot to the near side and Hughes ripped a shot past goaltender Thatcher Demko.

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WHO THE DEVIL | Mackenzie Blackwood

Get to know Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood

by Caela McLoughlin / Special to

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils earned their first victory of the 2019-20 season on Thursday against their Hudson River rivals, the New York Rangers. It was a big night for the Devils, especially for netminder Mackenzie Blackwood earning his first victory of the season after stopping 29 of 31 shots he faced. On Saturday, he followed it up with his third career shutout, stopping all 25 shots he faced versus the Vancouver Canucks.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Mackenzie Blackwood made 29 of 31 saves tonight in the first #NJDevils win of the season. We needed that bad. Everyone showed up to play today.

On Thursday against the Rangers, Blackwood made some huge saves.

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RELEASE: Hischier Signs Seven-Year Deal

The extension is worth an AAV of $7.25 million and runs through 2026-27

by New Jersey Devils PR NJDevils /

NEWARK, NJ - The New Jersey Devils signed center Nico Hischier to a seven-year contract extension with an average annual value of $7,250,000 (total value $50,750,000). Hischier would have been a restricted free agent at the end of the 2019-20 season. The contract will start in 2020-21 and the breakdown is as follows: 2020-21: $7,000,000, 2021-22: $7,250,000, 2022-23:  $4,500,000, 2023-24:  $7,750,000, 2024-25:  $7,750,000, 2025-26:  $8,000,000 & 2026-27:  $8,500,000. The announcement was made by Devils' Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.

Video: EXCLUSIVE | Nico Hischier Signs

"Nico is a special person who possess a team-first mentality combined with an inner drive to succeed," said Shero. The entire organization is thankful to him and his family for believing in our future. We are excited that he will continue to play a prominent role with us for many years to come."

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