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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 / NewJerseyDevils.com

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.

Video: Double Dose of Debuts | DEVILS MINUTE

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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 / NewJerseyDevils.com

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 / NewJerseyDevils.com

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.

Video: Ty Smith | INJURY UPDATE 10.22.21

 

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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 / NewJerseyDevils.com

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. 

Video: Staying Patient | REPORT

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Devils Practice Before First Divisional Game vs. Washington | BLOG

New Jersey practices Wednesday prior to facing the Washington Capitals Thursday night at Prudential Center

by Devils Staff NJDevils / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils will hold a noon practice at RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House at Prudential Center ahead of a divsional showdown Thursday against Washington. 

Center Jack Hughes was not a the team's practice after suffering an injury in Tuesday night's win against Seattle. There was no update on Hughes status. "We'll know more later today," head coach Lindy Ruff said. 

Also missing were goaltenders Jonathan Bernier and Mackenzie Blackwood (heel) and forward Miles Wood (undisclosed). 

 

 

Stay tuned for the latest practice updates, injury updates, articles and videos...

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Hughes 'Day-to-Day' After Suffering Injury | BLOG

The Devils' center will be evaluated Wednesday after not returning to the game

by Sam Kasan @SamiKasan / NewJerseyDevils.com

Devils center Jack Hughes is "day-to-day," according to head coach Lindy Ruff, after suffering an injury in the first period of New Jersey's 4-2 victory against Seattle Tuesday night at Prudential Center.

"He'll be evaluated (Wednesday) and we'll see where he's at," Ruff said.
Hughes was hurt after being checked into the corner boards by Seattle's Jeremy Lauzon. Hughes' skates elevated and he landed hard on his shoulder against the ice. Hughes skated hunched over to the bench, went immediately to the locker room and did not return in the game.

"I watched the hit. I don't like the way he fell," Ruff said. "The hit itself, I couldn't find a lot to criticize. But when he went down, I've had my share of shoulder injuries, I know that when you stick your arm out something bad could happen sometimes."

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Flying Out of the Gates | 10 TAKEAWAYS

Read about Scott Niedermayer's visit to the Devils team meeting earlier this week in 10 Takeaways

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

It's been a strange start to the year, a week and a bit into the NHL season the Devils have played just one game (but it was a good one!). 

Here we are, hours away from a second game, and nearly an every other day rhythm will take over. But from that singular opening game, there is so much to digest, from records made and magical moments. In this week's 10 Takeaways, presented by Ticketmaster, I share with you a couple of behind the scenes stories, like a team meeting headlined by Scott Niedermayer, the need for an expedited Canadian passport to make sure someone wouldn't miss Dawson Mercer's NHL debut, we once again try and take you behind the scenes of the past week around the New Jersey Devils. 

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Severson Appears Ready, Smith Close | BLOG

The two injured Devils defensemen skated full contract for the first time Monday

by Sam Kasan @SamiKasan / NewJerseyDevils.com

Defenseman Damon Severson went through a full-contract practice Monday for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury and could make his season debut Tuesday night when the Devils host the expansion Seattle Kraken at Prudential Center at 7 p.m. EST.

"Looks like (Severson) is ready to play," head coach Lindy Ruff said. "He skated up (to me) and said, 'I'm ready.' I said, 'I think you need a few more days of skating.' He said, 'No, I don't.' That's what went into that decision. … The plan would be to play him."

For Severson, the final hurdle is how he feels after Monday's practice.

"Just making sure my body reacts well from today's practice and I'll be good to go for (Tuesday) hopefully," said Severson, who was limited to one preseason game since suffering a lower-body injury at a practice. "It's the waiting game, making sure everything lines up properly.

"I feel good. I feel ready to play. Hopefully, I'm good for tomorrow. I could have a bad reaction. I don't think that will be case and I hope that's not the case. I should be good to go for (Tuesday) barring any changes."

Video: Damon Severson | PRACTICE RAW 10.18.21

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Devils Prepare for First Ever Game Against Kraken | BLOG

New Jersey practices ahead of the team hosting the Seattle Kraken for the first matchup between these franchises

by Catherine Bogart catherinebogart / NewJerseyDevils.com

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.

Tweet from @samikasan: #NJDevils Monday practice underway at @RWJBarnabas Health Hockey Hockey in @PruCenter. D-men Smith and Severson (both lower-body injuries) are wearing full-contact jerseys. Only absent players are goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood and forward Miles Wood.

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.

Tweet from @amandacstein: Combination right now of Tatar, Mercer, Sharangovich, Zacha, Subban and Kuokkanen on the offensive side of the puck. Studenic, Graves, Jaros, Johnsson and Gauthier defending.

Tweet from @amandacstein: Other side of the ice now 5v4:Zacha (again), Hischier, Hughes, Bratt, Hamilton.McLeod, Geertsen, White and Severson.

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.

Video: Damon and Ty Near Return | REPORT

For even more coverage of today's practice and of the Devils 2021-22 season, check below!

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Four Key Voices | PODCAST

The Speak of the Devils podcast sits down with Ruff, Hischier, Hamilton and Fitzgerald

by Amanda Stein amandacstein / NewJerseyDevils.com

As the 2021-22 NHL season gets underway, and the Devils have their first game in the books, the Speak of the Devils podcast this week will bring you an inside look at some of the most important pieces of the Devils' puzzle this season. In four exclusive interviews, Amanda Stein sits down with head coach Lindy Ruff, captain Nico Hischier, newcomer Dougie Hamilton, and general manager Tom Fitzgerald to discuss the upcoming season. 

Host Matt Loughlin and Amanda bring you their perspective on the upcoming year and dive into all four interviews. 

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