Merry Christmas to you all, Devils fans. Here are your links for today:
Hope your Christmas is as bright and exciting as Keith Kinkaid’s suit:
I should note here that Brian Boyle and Kyle Palmieri left that game, apparently with injuries. It’s unclear what those injuries were or the extent of them.
John Hynes says no immediate update on Brian Boyle or Kyle Palmieri. Taken out for precautionary reasons. Likely no update until Wednesday morning skate.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) December 24, 2017
In that game Steven Santini recorded his first NHL fight. That scrap was against Chicago’s John Hayden … who was a groomsman in Santini’s wedding this summer. [NJ.com]
As we close the book on 2017, here’s a look back at the defining NHL headlines from this past year: [NHL]
Some playoffs odds going into the holiday break:
Coyotes tough guy Zac Rinaldo is somehow still employed as an actual professional hockey player. He is about to do what he does best: serve a multi-game suspension for a dumb play. This time it’s for sucker punching Colorado defenseman Samuel Girard. [PHT]
The 2018 World Junior Championship games begin Tuesday in Buffalo. Here’s the full schedule: [NHL]
In that tournament, we’re likely to see some impressive things from Rasmus Dahlin, who’s projected to go first overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Devils will likely (and hopefully?) not have a shot to grab the young, talented defenseman, but here’s an interesting profile on him: [Sportsnet]
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