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So proud of our young son Dawson Mercer, who scored his first goal as the Devils defeated the Kraken 4-2 in a chippy affair on Tuesday night. Perhaps the bigger storyline, though, was a first-period hit that injured Jack Hughes and took him out of the game. [NHL] [NorthJersey.com]
Holding my breath:
Right now there is no other update on #NJDevils Jack Hughes other than he is day-to-day.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) October 20, 2021
Lindy Ruff says he will be further evaluated tomorrow.
Lindy Ruff said he went back and watched the hit on Jack Hughes. He said there wasn't anything wrong with the hit. Just that Hughes fell awkwardly. Also said "he's had shoulder injuries in the past" ... so that's a pretty good indication of what Hughes is dealing with.— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) October 20, 2021
Mackenzie Blackwood update:
Lindy Ruff says that the chances of #NJDevils Mackenzie Blackwood being able to play on this home stand are dwindling.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) October 19, 2021
He has been doing a ton of conditioning off the ice, but will likely need some good practice time before getting into a game.
Jack Hughes joins The Athletic Hockey Show to talk about that incredible celebration in Game. No. 1, Quinn’s big deal and plenty more: [The Athletic ($)]
The league has suspended Sharks forward Evander Kane for 21 games for violating COVID-19 protocols. Kane was being investigated over allegations that he attempted to falsify his vaccination status. [The Athletic] [ESPN]
Lightning star Nikita Kucherov will again miss some time:
Hearing the initial word on Nikita Kucherov is not positive and surgery could be involved. Assuming that's accurate, I'd expect him to miss some time moving forward, should know more later today #GoBolts #TBLightning— Lightning Insider (@Erik_Erlendsson) October 18, 2021
The Buffalo Sabres are ... *checks notes* … 3-0 this season?
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