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Bratt returns to the lineup tonight in Toronto

The Devils face off against the Maple Leafs tonight at 7PM during Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

by Amanda Stein @amandacstein / newjerseydevils.com

11/9/18 Game Preview

11/9/18 Game Preview

Jesper Bratt returns to the lineup tonight as the Devils face off against the Maple Leafs in Toronto at 7PM

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TORONTO - A freak accident in Sweden before the Devils season opener against the Edmonton Oilers derailed forward Jesper Bratt's start to his sophomore NHL season. During practice, a puck ricocheted off the cross-bar and into the Swede's face, fracturing his jaw. Since October 4th, Bratt has been on the sidelines rehabbing the injury, waiting for the day his jaw healed. 

Tonight, Friday, November 9, Bratt will make his season debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs, with the Devils in the midst of a seven-game road trip. 

"You wake up in the morning with a smile on your face," Bratt said. "You just feel ready to go as soon as you wake up. I am really excited." 

Tweet from @amandacstein: #NJDevils Its a good day to be Jesper Bratt. A freak accident sidelines him for a few weeks & now that the jaw is fully healed, it's all about the smile.���You wake up in the morning with a smile on your face. You just feel ready to go as soon as you wake up. I am really excited��� pic.twitter.com/xpZaIGpHsG

Devils head coach John Hynes will waste no time getting Bratt mixed into the lineup. He will take a spot on the Devils second line, centered by rookie Brett Seney and with fellow countryman Marcus Johansson on the left-wing. 

"He's one of these guys that has worked extremely hard," coach John Hynes said. "The good thing for us is he has a lot of experience with us last year. He played in the playoffs, was a big part of our regular season, I think even confidence-wise, even though he's a young player, he does have experience and I know he's excited to play."

"We need everyone," Marcus Johansson said. "I think Jesper showed last year what he can do and how he can help the team. In camp this year, he was also really good. He's just such a good all-around player, we missed him. It's good to have him back." 

The Devils continue their road trip with a stop in Toronto, just days ahead of former Devil Martin Brodeur's induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Both teams will wear commemorative patches on their jerseys and decals on their helmets for the Hockey Hall of Fame Induction Weekend game. Brodeur is expected to take part in the ceremonial puck drop. 

Tweet from @amandacstein: #NJDevils jerseys and helmets tonight versus the Leafs. It���s the Hockey Hall of Fame game tonight. pic.twitter.com/MXEXNlAUmJ

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