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Devils and Sabres Face Off for the First | PRE-GAME STORY

The Devils and Sabres each look to rebound after both teams lost their most recent games: New Jersey on Thursday and Buffalo on Friday

by Catherine Bogart and Chris Wescott NJDevils /

In the fourth game of a five game homestead, the New Jersey Devils face the Buffalo Sabres Saturday night at Prudential Center.

You can watch the game on MSG or listen on the Devils Hockey Network.

Read the game preview below and check back for videos, lineup updates, our Pre-Game story and more.

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Vesey Stepping Up for the Devils | FEATURE

After earning a spot on the Devils roster from a professional tryout, Jimmy Vesey continues to show up in the way his team needs

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart /

In the Devils 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals, New Jersey's head coach Lindy Ruff was not happy with how his team performed. In fact, he shuffled up the lines going into the second period, adjusting minutes for some forwards based on performance. 

"We had some players that played very poorly," Ruff said following the game Thursday. "You're not going back on the ice, you're not going to get as much ice time if that's the way you're going to play."

A player who increased his ice time due to strong play, and was specifically mentioned by Ruff postgame, was forward Jimmy Vesey. When reflecting on the game Friday, the forward said he was trying to lead by example.

"I think last night I was feeling pretty good, and the team was a little flat so I was trying to play with a lot of energy and try to create a spark for us," Vesey said. "I'm not really the loudest guy so usually just try to do that by example."

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Ty Smith to Make Season Debut Saturday | BLOG

The defenseman is cleared to play, allowing Smith to make his season debut against the Sabres on Saturday

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart /

Devils defenseman Ty Smith is back. Devils head coach Lindy Ruff confirmed after an optional skate on Friday that the defenseman is good to go and is expected to make his season debut Saturday night when the Devils host Buffalo. 

"He's going to be cleared to play," Ruff said. "He had a good year last year, he's a great puck mover, sees the ice really well … that's one of (Smith's) strengths has been throughout his first year. Finding the open people, and creating opportunities as well as being a good defender."

Smith, 21, is excited to get back into the lineup after missing the team's first three games of the season, and most of training camp.

"It's been awhile so I'm pretty excited and I'm looking forward to tomorrow," Smith said following Friday's optional practice.

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Devils Return to Practice After Season's First Loss | BLOG

The Devils practice on Friday after season's first loss, preparing to face Sabres on Saturday

by Devils Staff NJDevils /

The Devils held an optional practice today at RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House after what has been the busiest past few days of the regular season. 

Those who chose to skate were goaltenders Scott Wedgewood and Nico Daws, who worked alongside goaltending coach Dave Rogalski. Daws was recalled from Utica on Thursday ahead of the game against Washington. 

Christian Jaros, Colton White, Mason Geertsen, Marian Studenic, Ty Smith, and Frederik Gauthier were also on the ice. The practice session was headed by assistant coach Chris Taylor and supported by Rogalski and Skills Development Coordinator Ryan Murphy.

Lindy Ruff confirmed after the optional skate that Ty Smith will be cleared to play tomorrow, setting him up to make his season debut on Saturday against the Sabres. 

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Devils Suffer Season's First Loss, 4-1, to Washington | GAME STORY

Washington scored the first four goals of the game en route to handing New Jersey its first loss of the year

by Sam Kasan @SamiKasan /

The Devils suffered their first setback of the season to Metro Division foe Washington, 4-1, Thursday night at Prudential Center.

The Capitals scored the first four goals of the game from Anthony Mantha, Dmitry Orlov, Daniel Sprong and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

"We weren't very good at the start. You can't play that way and expect to win a game against a veteran team like that, solid structurally," defenseman Damon Severson said. "Right from the start of puck drop it didn't seem like we were ready to roll.

"We didn't have our jam."

The Devils countered with a power-play goal late in the third period from Janne Kuokkanen.

"Disappointed with our focus," head coach Lindy Ruff said. "Against a team like Washington, it's going to hurt you."

Video: Devils Handed First Loss | POST GAME REPORT

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Devils and Caps Battle at Prudential Center | FOLLOW LIVE

Get updates, highlights, tweets and more

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The Devils host the Washington Capitals tonight at Prudential Center.

You can watch on MSG+ or listen on the Devils Hockey Network.

Read below for updates, highlights, tweets, commentary and more in our live in-game blog.

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Jack Hughes Medical Update | BLOG

Hughes doesn't need surgery on shoulder and will be re-evaluated next week

by Sam Kasan @SamiKasan /

The Devils provided the following medical update on Jack Hughes: 

On Tuesday night against Seattle, Jack Hughes suffered a dislocation of his left shoulder. A subsequent MRI revealed no further damage, and he does not require surgery at this time. He has begun physical therapy under the guidance of New Jersey's doctors and athlete care staff.

Jack will be re-evaluated next week in order to determine his further timeline.

He was placed on Injured Reserve today and updates will be provided when available.

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Nico Daws Recalled from Utica | BREAKING NEWS

The Devils recalled their 2020 third-round selection to the NHL

by Sam Kasan @SamiKasan /

The Devils have recalled goaltender Nico Daws from Utica of the American Hockey League.

Daws, 20, has appeared in one game for the Comets, stopping 25 of 27 shots to record a victory.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound German native was New Jersey's third-round pick (84th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft.

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Luke Hughes Eyes Collegiate Prize | PROSPECT WATCH

The Devils fourth-overall pick, and younger brother of Jack, is settling into his freshman season of college hockey at Michigan

by Peter Robinson /

In the not-too-distant future Luke Hughes is expected carve out his own large presence on the Devils.

First, he has big plans for his freshman season at the University of Michigan.

"Right now, I'm just concentrating on winning as many games as possible, (contending for) a Big Ten championship and a national championship," said the 18-year-old, who was the club's first pick (fourth overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft and the second defenseman taken.

"The campus is bumping right now."

Video: Luke Hughes | 1-ON-1

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Devils Face Washington in First Divisional Showdown | PRE-GAME STORY

The Devils continue their season-opening five-game homestand with a keystone showdown against the Capitals

by Sam Kasan @SamiKasan /

The Devils franchise will face the Washington Capitals for their first divisional showdown Wednesday night at Prudential Center

You can watch the game on MSG+ or listen on the Devils Hockey Network. 

Read the game preview below and check back for videos, lineup updates, our Pre-Game Story and more. 

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