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

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart /

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils practiced at the RWJBaranabas Hockey House Monday ahead of their Tuesday night game against the Islanders.

Jesper Bratt and Jack Hughes did not join the team on the ice today. Hughes has not played since the Devils December 31 win over the Bruins, and Bratt took a shot to the foot in the team's January 2nd game against the Islanders.

Devan McConnell, the Devils Director of Performance Science & Reconditioning Coach, joined the team at practice today. He faced some shots at the start of practice and took over for Mackenzie Blackwood after about 25 minutes. The goaltender is not feeling well which led to a minimal practice.

The team saw some changes in today's lines at practice due to injuries.

Tweet from @amandacstein: #NJDevils are lining up like this at practice today ... but everyone stay calm for now, the team is missing two forwards on the ice (Hughes and Bratt)

Today's practice lines:

Simmonds - Hischier - Palmieri

Coleman - Zajac - Gusec

Boqvist - Zacha - Wood

Rooney - Street - Hayden

Greene - Subban

Severson - Vatanen

Butcher - Mueller


Today is defenseman Will Butcher's birthday.

Tuesday night's game against the Islanders is Retro Night. You can still buy tickets here.





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