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The Devils scored first, but couldn’t do much after that, and dropped Game 4 3-1 on Wednesday, meaning Game 5, on Saturday, is an elimination game. The Devils have been, as every sports publication describes it when your opposition has won three games in a series, PUSHED TO THE BRINK. [The Record] [NJ.com]
Lightning star Nikita Kucherov didn’t face any discipline, in-game or after, for his hit that knocked Sami Vatanen out of the game. [NJ.com]
Sami’s status ahead of Game 5 is unclear. The team says he has an upper body injury:
#NJDevils: Sami Vatanen did not travel with the team today to Tampa.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) April 19, 2018
Still a possibility he joins the team later on.
Predators forward Ryan Hartman has been suspended one game by the league for an illegal check to the head of Avs forward Carl Soderberg. [TSN]
Jets forward Patrick Laine left the teen years behind on Thursday, when he turned 20. Check out this stat: Since 1987-88, no NHL player has scored more goals as a teenager than Laine did with 80. [TSN]
Norris Trophy finalists for the 2017-18 season: Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles) and P.K. Subban (Nashville). [NHL]
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