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BLOG: Zacha Back to 100% After Injury Scare

After missing Friday's game due to a lower body injury, Pavel Zacha said he felt much better at Saturday's practice

by Marc Ciampa /

The Devils had a surprise change to their lineup on Friday when Pavel Zacha was unable to play against the Maple Leafs. He took part of the morning skate but then left the ice. 

"I didn't feel 100%. I did some stretches and didn't feel 100%. I talked to the coaching staff and said I was 80% ready. I tried to get better to see if it could work and it didn't," said Zacha. 

The center took warm-ups as well but it didn't help. 

Video: INJURY UPDATE | Pavel Zacha

"I got tight in my lower back and it started to hurt in a certain spot and I couldn't skate at 100%."

After a night of sleep and treatment, he said he can feel the improvement. 

"I feel way better today," he said. "I can skate without any thinking that something's wrong with me. I wanted to go out on the ice and not be worried that something could happen. Hopefully I can play (tomorrow)."

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BLOG: Domingue Assigned to Binghamton

The Devils have assigned Louis Domingue to Binghamton of the American Hockey League

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

The New Jersey Devils have announced they have activated goaltender Louis Domingue off Injured Reserve. He has also been assigned to the Binghamton Devils in the American Hockey League.

Domingue has played in six games for the Devils since being acquired via trade on Nov. 1. He has a 4.15 goals-against average and .862 save percentage in those outings. He was injured Dec. 13 in Colorado and left the game after stopping 15 of 17 shots.

Earlier this season, Domingue played in four games for Binghamton. He recorded a 2.25 GAA and a .918 save percentage. 

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BLOG: Cormier Recalled; Domingue Placed on IR

Cormier has yet to appear in an NHL game in his career

by Marc Ciampa /

The Devils announced today that goaltender Evan Cormier would be recalled from Adirondack of the ECHL. Cormier has played in six games for the Thunder this season, with a 2-1-3 record, 2.71 goals-against average and .902 save percentage. He's also played seven games with Binghamton (AHL) with a 1-5-1 record, 3.77 goals-against average and .884 save percentage.

Louis Domingue has been placed on injured reserve after suffering a lower body injury midway through Friday night's game against the Colorado Avalanche.

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BLOG: Hischier Activated off IR; White Re-Assigned to Binghamton

Devils center returns to the lineup tonight

by Marc Ciampa /

The Devils announced today that Nico Hischier has been activated off injured reserve. 

In order to make room on the 23-man roster, the club re-assigned blueliner Colton White to Binghamton of the AHL. 

The 20-year-old Hischier has five goals and 16 points in 25 games this season. 

White didn't get into any games during his recall but did play three last season for the Devils. 

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BLOG: Hischier Hopes to be Ready for Avalanche

After missing three games due to illness, the Devils center is looking to return to the lineup

by Marc Ciampa /

WESTMINSTER, CO - Devils center Nico Hischier practiced with the team for the first time since being pulled from the lineup last Friday against the Chicago Blackhawks. He skated on a line with Mike McLeod and John Hayden. 

"After laying in bed for a few days, it's always hard to be on the ice but it was fun. It was nice to be around the boys again. It felt good to be out there," Hischier stated. 

"Nobody wants to be out. You want to help the team. Now I'm back though and I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I'm feeling pretty good now. Didn't do much the last few days. It was good to be on the ice and get a sweat and should be good to go tomorrow."

Devils interim head coach Alain Nasreddine said he expects Hischier to be in the lineup but it'll be up to the medical staff ultimately. 

"He plays in all situations, first-line plays against other team's top line so it was a big loss for us," Nasreddine stated. "He seems like he's fine. He looked great but I haven't talked to the medical staff."

Video: INJURY UPDATE | Nico Hischier

P.K. Subban echoed the thoughts of his coach in praising Hischier.

"He's a great player and has elite talent. Whenever you can have elite talent in your lineup, it's gonna help you win hockey games. And that's what we're looking to do here. We've got a big back-to-back and we'd love to end this road trip on a high note."

As for what the illness was, Hischier said it wasn't an ordinary flu. 

"I got the flu but it was something with bacteria as well. It wasn't just a flu they said. That's why it took a little bit longer than I thought."

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BLOG: Hughes Getting Healthy

Jack Hughes skated with the team on Thursday after missing the last three games due to injury

by Marc Ciampa /

Jack Hughes skated with the Devils on Thursday after missing three games due to injury after blocking a shot in Montreal.

"I feel good. Body feels pretty good and I feel like I'm right there and ready to go for tomorrow night," said Hughes. 

After blocking the shot, he continued to play in the game but when the skate was removed post-game, that's when he felt some pain and couldn't get his skate back on. 

Video: INJURY UPDATE | Jack Hughes

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BLOG: Kevin Rooney Injury Update

by Marc Ciampa /

Kevin Rooney skated on Friday with the Devils at practice, subbing in down the middle for a line that Jack Hughes would normally be on but with Hughes taking a maintenance day, Rooney centered Jesper Boqvist and Wayne Simmonds. 

It's not fun at all," Rooney said of being injured and out of the lineup since the team's November 13 game against Ottawa. "But being up in the press box, watching your teammates go to war every night and, you know, it feels really good to be back and I feel like I'm progressing well and feel like I'm ready to go."

Video: RAW | Kevin Rooney

The nature of the upper body injury that Rooney had, he was still able to stay active on the ice. 

"I was able to skate, so like I was getting some good skates in with the skill coaches. The medical staff have done a great job of keeping me in good shape and now it just came down to getting my timing back."

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BLOG: JAG-ONE Physical Therapy Injury Report 11.14.19

Updates on Rooney and Vatanen following the team's skate on Thursday

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

The Devils were without a couple of regulars at practice on Thursday. Kevin Rooney and Sami Vatanen were not on the ice. Rooney was ruled out of practice with an upper-body ailment, while Vatanen continues to recover from his upper-body injury suffered on the road in Edmonton.

Rooney could return tomorrow, per Head Coach John Hynes. Vatanen is still ruled out but is making progress.

"Roons was obviously out today and he'll get looked at by the doctors this afternoon and we'll have a better idea of whether he's going to be available tomorrow, tomorrow morning," said Hynes.

"Sami skated today, on his own, and we'll see how he responds. If he responds well, he'll probably be with the team tomorrow. Not playing wise, but getting him back in. We just have to see how he reacts after his skate today."

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BLOG: Carrick out 4-6 Weeks

The Devils defenseman had surgery on his broken right pinky finger that was injured in practice on Thursday. Injury Report presented by JAG-ONE Physical Therapy

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott /

NEWARK, NJ - The Devils announced today that defenseman Connor Carrick will miss a significant amount of time as he recovers from a broken pinky finger.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Connor Carrick had surgery on his broken right pinky finger from blocking a shot in practice on Thursday and will be out 4-6 weeks.@jag_onept Injury Report | #NJDevils

Carrick suffered the injury while blocking a shot in practice on Thursday. He had surgery and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

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BLOG: Hall Maintenance, Butcher Skates

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

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

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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