After getting knocked silly by a Ryan Pulock slap shot on Tuesday night which caused some missing teeth and a bleeding mouth, Mackenzie Blackwood missed practice on Wednesday. He instead had a date with the dentist.
"A three hour appointment with the dentist, he had some work done," said Devils interim head coach Alain Nasreddine. "He should be back with us (later) today."
Nasreddine added that he hasn't made a decision on whether to go back with Blackwood on Thursday night or to go with Louis Domingue. Domingue was recently recalled from Binghamton after playing a few games there following a stint on IR.
"My health is good," Domingue noted. "Went down there and had two good games."
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Domingue added that he needs to be ready to play whether that be tomorrow night due to Blackwood's condition or another game down the road, particularly with a back-to-back this weekend.
"Once you get your name called upon, you gotta be ready. So, that's going to be my job."
Miles Wood talked about Blackwood's injury, noting that it reminded him of his injury last season.
"I had some flashbacks," he said. "I remember last year, I think it was San Jose where Brent Burns stepped up and the puck just kinda chipped my first four front teeth there.
"That brought back flashbacks for sure, because I was on the ice when it happened to Blackwood. He took off his helmet and I was like, Oh, this is bad. "
Wood added that the injury itself isn't the worst part of it.
"The teeth getting knocked out, that's the easy part. Being in surgery for five hours is the worst part," he laughed.