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I’ll level with you: It’s bad. There are injuries. The scoring has dried up. The Devils are relying on a third-string goaltender. The team’s slide continued with a 3-0 loss to the Predators on Thursday. [The Record] [NJ.com]
After Thursday’s game we learned that Taylor Hall will miss the NHL All-Star activities. Brian Boyle will replace him:
#NJDevils: Brian Boyle has been invited to the NHL All-Star Game in Tampa and will attend.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) January 26, 2018
Taylor Hall officially ruled out of ASG.
You’ve likely already heard that the league suspended Brad Marchand for five games for his elbow to Marcus Johannson’s head. Marchand talks about the (light, in this blogger’s opinion) suspension: “I have to be better,” said the player serving a suspension for the sixth time in the last eight years. “There’s no question.” [Boston Globe]
The Devils are clinging to a wild card spot amidst a division that remains stupidly tight. Here’s how the standings look going into the All-Star break:
Metro Division standings at all-star break. Devils and Flyers hold the 2 wild cards in the East. Two points separate 2nd from 7th. Caps and Rangers only teams in division on plus side in goal differential. pic.twitter.com/uoRbhJ3WSN— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) January 26, 2018
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