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The team will have a very tight turnaround with just one practice to get back in game shape

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

Lindy Ruff has coached a long time in this league and he's never seen anything like this.

With a global pandemic making it an already unique, frustrating, and difficult year for sports and people in general, the Devils had a remarkable situation the last couple of weeks. Nearly their entire team was placed on the NHL's COVID Protocol list at some point, and their season pressed paused with several games being postponed.

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And for Ruff, above all else it was "extremely boring."

"First of all, we were playing well," Ruff said. "Playing hard and then we got hit pretty hard. So it's just been waiting for players to become available."

And now he has to get his team reset with just one practice before the club returns to game action Tuesday night against the Rangers.

"Really, we've just hit a reset for the whole team," he said.

"We're looking at this as the start of the season again. For us, we know we're going to have to play well defensively. That'll be our focus. Today's focus was mainly on special teams, which we are trying to reset also and start clean. And we know we don't like where they were at, but we hope to improve from this day forward."

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