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After missing three games due to illness, the Devils center is looking to return to the lineup

by Marc Ciampa /

WESTMINSTER, CO - Devils center Nico Hischier practiced with the team for the first time since being pulled from the lineup last Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks. He skated on a line with Mike McLeod and John Hayden. 

"After laying in bed for a few days, it's always hard to be on the ice but it was fun. It was nice to be around the boys again. It felt good to be out there," Hischier stated. 

"Nobody wants to be out. You want to help the team. Now I'm back though and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I'm feeling pretty good now. Didn't do much the last few days. It was good to be on the ice and get a sweat and should be good to go tomorrow."

Devils interim head coach Alain Nasreddine said he expects Hischier to be in the lineup but it'll be up to the medical staff ultimately. 

"He plays in all situations, first-line plays against other team's top line so it was a big loss for us," Nasreddine stated. "He seems like he's fine. He looked great but I haven't talked to the medical staff."

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P.K. Subban echoed the thoughts of his coach in praising Hischier.

"He's a great player and has elite talent. Whenever you can have elite talent in your lineup, it's gonna help you win hockey games. And that's what we're looking to do here. We've got a big back-to-back and we'd love to end this road trip on a high note."

As for what the illness was, Hischier said it wasn't an ordinary flu. 

"I got the flu but it was something with bacteria as well. It wasn't just a flu they said. That's why it took a little bit longer than I thought."

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