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MORNING SKATE REPORT: Devils vs Bruins

The New Jersey Devils open their 2020-21 season against the visiting Boston Bruins at 7 pm ET

by Chris Wescott & Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

The New Jersey Devils will open their 2020-21 season schedule on Thursday night versus the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Visit this Game Preview Presented by PlayUp throughout the morning and early afternoon for more updates, news, notes, video interviews, and coverage of the team's home opener.

Video: DEVILS MINUTE | Back After 309 Days Between Games

The game can be seen on MSG+ or heard on the Devils Hockey Network.

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BLOG: Devils Claim Comrie

The Devils have claimed goaltender Eric Comrie off waivers

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott / NewJerseyDevils.com

The Devils have claimed goaltender Eric Comrie off waivers from Winnipeg. The 25-year-old goaltender played three games for the Detroit Red Wings last season and 16 with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

He was a second-round pick of Winnipeg in the 2013 NHL Draft and has posted a career record of 2-5-0 in eight appearances in the NHL. He has a .911 save percentage in 203 AHL games. 

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NEWS: Corey Crawford Retires from NHL

Goaltender Corey Crawford retires from the NHL at the age of 36, following a leave of absence for personal reasons

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott / NewJerseyDevils.com

Goaltender Corey Crawford, 36, has officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League following 10 NHL seasons and 488 regular-season games.

The goaltender signed a two-year contract with the Devils in free agency. It was announced yesterday in a statement by the team that he would be taking an indefinite leave of absence due to personal reasons. And today he announced his retirement.

Crawford released the following statement:

"I have been fortunate to have had a long career playing professional hockey for a living. I wanted to continue my career, but believe I've given all I can to the game of hockey, and I have decided that it is time to retire. I would like to thank the New Jersey Devils organization for understanding and supporting my decision. I would like to thank the Chicago Blackhawks organization for giving me the chance to live my childhood dream. I am proud to have been part of winning two Stanley Cups in Chicago. Thank you to all of my teammates and coaches throughout the years. Also, thank you to the fans who make this great game what it is. I am happy and excited to move on to the next chapter of my life with my family."

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CAMP GAME STORY: Red 2, White 1 (SO)

Yegor Sharangovich stayed hot as Team Red won 2-1 in a shootout during the third Camp Game of Devils Training Camp presented by Plymouth Rock Assurance

by Chris Wescott & Catherine Bogart / NewJerseyDevils.com

There wasn't much offense in the third game of Devils Training Camp presented by Plymouth Rock Assurance. Team Red edged Team White 2-1 in a shootout, while a Devils youngster continues to make a name for himself in camp.

Video: HIGHLIGHTS | Red 2, White 1 SO

Tweet from @NJDevils: GOAL! Who else?Sharangovich = Automatic. 🚨📺: https://t.co/R1KHS5273n#NJDevils | @PlymouthRock pic.twitter.com/72EDx5xHQQ

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CAMP GAME STORY: Red Takes 4-2 Win in Game 2

by Chris Wescott and Marc Ciampa / NewJerseyDevils.com

In the New Jersey Devils' second game of Training Camp presented by Plymouth Rock Assurance, Team Red captured a 4-2 win over Team White, paced by a two-goal performance from Yegor Sharangovich.

Video: CAMP REPORT | Sharangovich Takes Aim at Roster Spot

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TRAINING CAMP: Keeping it Simple

Lindy Ruff wants his team to play aggressive and with pace, and when it comes to the defensive system he has simplified things for his group, which ultimately may play to this roster's strengths

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott / NewJerseyDevils.com

P.K. Subban has been in the NHL for quite some time.

The New Jersey Devils defenseman has seen all sorts of systems over the course of his career. So it's of note that he sees Lindy Ruff's system as being one of the more simplistic ones. 

Video: CAMP RAW | P.K. Subban 01.04.21

"The defense is very simple," Subban said. "It's work ethic. It's paying attention to details. So that's what we're working on in practice right now. But as a defenseman, I can tell you, I have played in a lot of systems in my career and this one's a little bit simpler. For a defenseman, you know exactly where you need to be, and it's going to come down to communication. I think you've got to communicate between the forwards and the defense, the forwards coming back into the zone have to be able to communicate. They've got their eyes up so they can see everything. So communication is a huge part of the system as well."

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TRAINING CAMP: Blackwood Re-Joins Teammates on Monday

Mackenzie Blackwood returned to the ice Monday after a brief absence for a minor injury

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott / NewJerseyDevils.com

It was never anything to be concerned about. 

The Devils weren't worried about Mackenzie Blackwood's recent absences from training camp. It was always declared a minor tweak and more precautionary than anything else.

Video: CAMP RAW | Mackenzie Blackwood 01.04.21

On Monday, those thoughts were confirmed with the Devils goaltender returning to skate with his teammates.

"It's good to be back for another full practice after the first day," said Blackwood, who was full-go with the first group this morning. "It was just a little precautionary thing to think long-term instead of short-term and keep the body feeling good. I wasn't worried about anything. It was just a couple days' rest. It felt good to be back, felt great again today so it was nice to be back out there with the team."

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BLOG: Camp Coverage and Content from Monday

View all video links and written coverage from Monday at Devils Training Camp presented by Plymouth Rock Assurance

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott / NewJerseyDevils.com


The Devils took the ice Monday with a different look than previous days. The first group on the ice had more of an NHL squad look, rather than a large mixed group of prospects and veterans.

McLeod, Merkley, Sharangovich, and Ty Smith were among the notable names joining the big group.

Tweet from @amandacstein: #NJDevils lines looking like this at practice, this is the NHL-heavy group. pic.twitter.com/1y7YJEzmoT

Mackenzie Blackwood, who has been dealing with a minor tweak in recent days, was on the ice for the first session.

Visit the links below for more content and coverage.

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WORLD JUNIORS: Devils Prospects at the Quarterfinals

An update on how the Devils prospect at World Juniors performed on Saturday

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott / NewJerseyDevils.com

Schedule | Standings | Statistics

Devils prospect Alexander Holtz and his Swedish squad fell 3-2 to Finland in the World Juniors quarterfinal on Saturday.

Holtz paced his team with five shots on goal, including three in the third, and finished -1 in 17:38 of ice time.

Russia advanced with a 2-1 victory over Germany, help from two Devils prospects.

2020 first-round pick Shakir Mukhamadullin finished third on the team in ice time, playing 19:54. The defenseman was +1 with two shots on goal in the win.

Arseni Gritsyuk recorded an assist and was +1 in 9:37 of ice time.

 

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BLOG: Devils to Launch New Documentary Series: Details

The Devils will air episode 1 of a new video series presented by Investors Bank documenting the 20-21 NHL season through the lens of the franchise on Monday

by Chris Wescott TheChrisWescott / NewJerseyDevils.com

Beginning Monday, January 4, njd.TV will launch its new documentary series "New Jersey Devils Details presented by Investors Bank."

The multi-episode series will document the New Jersey Devils' 2020-21 season. Each episode will feature behind-the-scenes footage following the team through its 56-game NHL season. The series will focus on the smaller details it takes to execute a hockey season.

New Jersey Devils Details presented by Investors Bank will stream live on NewJerseyDevils.com, as well as the Devils YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Twitch accounts. An archive of each episode will be available at NewJerseyDevils.com/details.

Video: DETAILS | Episode 1 Trailer

Each episode will be preceded by a short preview trailer, posted to Devils social media. To watch the trailer for episode 1, click here.

Episode 1, which will air at 12 pm on Monday, gives fans never before seen footage from inside the Devils war room at Prudential Center during the 2020 NHL Draft. It shows the Devils making their three first-round picks during the draft, in which they selected Alexander Holtz, Dawson Mercer, and Shakir Mukhamadullin.

The episode will also take fans through Day 2 of the draft, and show the process of the club selecting goaltender Nicolas Daws, who received a special phone call from a Devils legend.

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