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BLOG: Monday Practice Updates 10.21.19

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

by Staff NJDevils / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils hit the ice on Monday at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House at Prudential Center for practice. They have a few days to get ready for their next opponent, as they don't play until Arizona comes to town on Friday. Nico Hischier joined the team for practice today while Will Butcher, Mackenzie Blackwood, and Taylor Hall did not. Hall took a maintenance day, Blackwood is sick, and Butcher is out with an upper-body injury. 

Tweet from @amandacstein: Practice sessions have split up into forwards and defense working with different coaches on different sides of the ice. #NJDevils John Hynes and his coaching staff are using this long break from games as a mini-camp.

Video: PRACTICE REPORT | Mini Camp

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BLOG: Devils New Skills Coach

Prior to the start of the season, the Devils hired New Jersey native Ryan Murphy as a skills coach

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

Prior to the start of the 2019-20 NHL the Devils hired New Jersey native Ryan Murphy as a skills coach. On Monday, Murphy made his first appearance with the club prior to practice. This particular week provides a good time for Murphy to step in and work individually with players.  

"We're trying to make sure that as the season goes on, guys have situations where they're continuing to work on their skill, their hands and things you kind of do all summer that you don't have time to do in a regular team practice," head coach John Hynes said post practice on Monday.

Murphy worked with the forwards on Monday and will host a session with the defensemen on Tuesday.

"He's from New Jersey," Hynes added. "He was coaching prior to this - he was an assistant coach in the American Hockey League. He has a skills company, we hired him this year. We felt it was one of those things that was important for here and in Binghamton. When you have opportunity to practice, and days like this is good, where guys get a little bit more puck touches, individual skill work that you don't get in an everyday practice."

Murphy has also worked with Devils players returning from injury and players who have been scratched.

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BLOG: Blackwood Sick, Devils Employee Steps In

Devils Manager of Premium Service Casey Ferris was called upon to serve as a second goaltender in practice

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

Mackenzie Blackwood did not take part in Devils practice on Monday morning, leaving the New Jersey Devils down a goaltender for practice.

Have no fear, the Devils and all their employees look out for one another.

Casey Ferris, Manager, Premium Service, had goalie equipment in his car and was called upon to serve as a second goaltender in practice today.

This isn't the first time Ferris has suited up on short notice, he also ran into this scenario last season, so he's a veteran now at stepping away from his desk and onto the ice!

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BLOG: Hall Maintenance, Butcher Skates

Injury updates from practice, presented by JAG-ONE Physical Therapy

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

Forward Taylor Hall was not on the ice with his teammates this morning for practice, instead electing to take a maintenance day. 

Meanwhile, injured defenseman Will Butcher, who was placed on Injured Reserve on Saturday was able to skate on his own today prior to practice.

Butcher did not participate in the regular practice schedule, but being on the ice on his own is a step in the right direction for his recovery. 

The 24-year-old was injured against the New York Rangers last week and was unable to finish the game. 

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JAG-ONE Physical Therapy POTW: Week 3

In week three of JAG-ONE Physical Therapy Plays of the Week, it's Jack Hughes' first professional goal against Mackenzie Blackwood's breakaway stop

by Staff NJDevils / NewJerseyDevils.com

In a new weekly Devils feature, JAG-ONE Physical Therapy pits two plays from the previous week against each other and lets you the fans decide the winner.

Last week, Damon Severson's goal was our winner. This week, it's Jack Hughes' first NHL goal up against Mackenzie Blackwood's big breakaway save.

Video: PLAYS OF THE WEEK | Hughes vs Blackwood

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PODCAST: Wayne Simmonds Says Everything You Wanted to Know About Snarples

The big Devils off-season acquisition talks about off-ice and on-ice influences, family, live as an NHLer and more

by Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

To listen to any episode of the New Jersey Devils Official Podcast, please visit newjerseydevils.com/podcast then connect with your favorite podcast provider.

The third episode of the Devils Official Podcast is forward Wayne Simmonds. 

Simmonds was a major off-season acquisition for the Devils who flew under the radar thanks to other big acquisitons in P.K. Subban and first-overall pick Jack Hughes.

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BLOG: NJ Devil pies Jimmy Fallon in the face

The Devils mascot went on Fallon Tonight to pie Jimmy Fallon in the face after they made a bet on Twitter

by Staff NJDevils / NewJerseyDevils.com

Before the Rangers and Devils game on Thursday, NJ Devil tweeted at huge Rangers fan Jimmy Fallon to make a bet.

Tweet from @NJDevil00: Hey @jimmyfallon if we win tonight, i get to come on @FallonTonight and pie you in the face, deal? #NJDevils https://t.co/3Jl9Ktarpo

Fallon was a good sport and agreed to the bet.

Tweet from @jimmyfallon: Youre a dope - but if you really want me to do that? See you Sunday NIGHT!!! Go @NYRangers !!!! https://t.co/0we1uv4NKp

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SUNDAYS WITH STAN: The First Milestone Season

Stan Fischler writes about the Devils first milestone season in his weekly NewJerseyDevils.com column

by Stan Fischler StanFischler / Special to NewJerseyDevils.com

Nobody was expecting a Stanley Cup finalist when the New Jersey Devils took the ice in their maiden (1982-83) season at The Meadowlands.

Matter of fact, nobody knew quite what to expect but that first home game at Byrne Arena against the Pittsburgh Penguins filled every Garden State fan with a ray of winning sunshine.

Even media skeptics were compelled to eschew their normal negativism after one view of the new ice product.

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GAME STORY: Devils 1, Canucks 0

Mackenzie Blackwood was perfect while Jack Hughes scored his first in the Devils win over Vancouver

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott / NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - Mackenzie Blackwood made 25 saves and Jack Hughes scored his first NHL goal to propel the Devils to their second-straight win, a 1-0 victory over Vancouver.

"The way we started here, we struggled a lot and couldn't seem to get anything going," said Blackwood, who had his third career shutout. "For us to get two back-to-back wins and start to get a little bit of streak going, it's huge for us. Not only on the scoreboard but mentally and for the gel of the team and just everything moving forward."

Video: POST-GAME | vs. Canucks

In front of a large group of his friends and family and with his brother suited up for the opposition, 2019 first-overall pick Jack Hughes scored his first National Hockey League goal to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.

Taylor Hall fed Hughes from the far-side faceoff dot to the near side and Hughes ripped a shot past goaltender Thatcher Demko.

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WHO THE DEVIL | Mackenzie Blackwood

Get to know Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood

by Caela McLoughlin / Special to NewJerseyDevils.com

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils earned their first victory of the 2019-20 season on Thursday against their Hudson River rivals, the New York Rangers. It was a big night for the Devils, especially for netminder Mackenzie Blackwood earning his first victory of the season after stopping 29 of 31 shots he faced. On Saturday, he followed it up with his third career shutout, stopping all 25 shots he faced versus the Vancouver Canucks.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Mackenzie Blackwood made 29 of 31 saves tonight in the first #NJDevils win of the season. We needed that bad. Everyone showed up to play today. pic.twitter.com/uC7zXknl76

On Thursday against the Rangers, Blackwood made some huge saves.

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