After a day off on Sunday, the New Jersey Devils are back to work Monday morning. The team will play three home games this week, starting Tuesday against the Seattle Kraken, Thursday against the Washington Capitals, and Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.
Devils defensemen Ty Smith and Damon Severson, who were in no-contact jerseys during Saturday's practice, are back in their normal practice jersey today. Devils head coach Lindy Ruff expected at least one of the defensemen to be ready for Tuesday's game on Saturday, and this is promising for both to play their first game of the season against the Kraken. Goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood and forward Miles Wood were not at the start of practice.
After starting practice at the RWJBarnabas Hockey House, the team moved to Prudential Center ice where they worked on various situations including 6v5 and 5v4.
Tomorrow is the first time ever in which the Kraken and Devils will square off. Seattle officially became the 32nd team in the NHL this off-season. Former Devil, forward Nathan Bastian, was selected by the Kraken in their expansion draft and may play against his former team on Tuesday.
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