The practice rink was full at RWJBarnabas Health HockeyHouse on Monday morning. The Devils returned to the ice for a 60-minute practice following a day off Sunday. Coach John Hynes hosted an up-tempo practice as the Devils get ready for a busy week of three games in four nights.
All 23 healthy players were on the ice, and practice started with using just a third of the rink for some 4-on-4 play. And after benching Pavel Zacha, Marcus Johansson and Jimmy Hayes midway through the matchup against the Rangers on Saturday, there were noticeable differences in the lines Hynes skated on Monday. Zacha found himself centering the third line with Jesper Bratt and Stefan Noesen on his wings, while Adam Henrique moved up to center the second line between Johansson and Kyle Palmieri. The lines at practice were as follows:
Hynes said he had spoken with Zacha, Johansson and Hayes after they were benched and labeled the conversations "positive."
Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid got in some extra work with goaltending coach Roland Melanson, jumping on the ice nearly 25 minutes early. Brian Gibbons, Stefan Noesen and Miles Wood were also on the ice to take shots on their goaltenders ahead of full practice. Schneider will get the start vs the Lightning on Tuesday night, confirmed Hynes.
After collecting eight of a possible 10 points to start the season, the Devils have six more up for grabs this week. They will host the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday, before visiting Ottawa in the first game of a back-to-back. Friday the San Jose Sharks make their way to Prudential Center for an East vs West matchup. Tickets for both Tuesday's game and Friday's game are available and can be purchased.