Nate is away so I will be giving you the news and notable links for the day to digest and discuss:
There was no game last night due to a partial power outage at the Prudential Center. As per the New Jersey Devils, all attendees and members who had tickets to this game will be eligible for an equal number of tickets of a regular season home game in 2021-22. [Devils official website]
In case you missed it, more cuts were made yesterday afternoon. A.J. Greer was placed on waivers for demotion. Graeme Clarke, Nolan Foote, Fabian Zetterlund, Aarne Talvitie, Kevin Bahl, Reilly Walsh, and Nico Daws were all assigned to Utica. [Devils official website]
The New Jersey Devils announced their full list of Theme Nights for the season on their tickets page. Pride Night, Military Appreciate Night, Video Game Night, and Star Wars Nights all return. New ones (that I can recall) include Persons with Disabilities Night and Top Gun Night. Your bobblehead for St. Patrick’s Day is Mackenzie Blackwood. All details are in the link. [Devils official website]
Jack Hughes stated he would not play in last night’s preseason finale to be prepared for the first game on October 15. So he’s good to go for Game #1. [Amanda Stein]
Also, prior to last night’s game (and before it was cancelled), head coach Lindy Ruff did state “[t]he Graves-Hamilton pairing is something you can expect to see on opening night.” [Amanda Stein]
Moneypuck’s initial predictions have come out. Devils have a 44.7% chance of making the postseason.
Also, FiveThirtyEight has their prediction model that is far less positive for the Devils’ playoff chances: 16% [FiveThirtyEight]
Bryce Salvador is partnering up with Sportlogiq to explain various stats. Even those not recorded by the NHL but recorded by services like Sportlogiq.
#NJDevils Fans - While we wait for the game to start, here is my new series called #StatsWithSal POWERED by @Sportlogiq.— Bryce Salvador (@BryceSalvador) October 7, 2021
This series has 4 videos discussing the stat 'OZ Possession Time'. The first 2 videos are released today. Video 1 is right below. pic.twitter.com/bHMjNg4WKw
Various national teams have announced their first three selections for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Czech Republic: Ondrej Palat, Jakub Voracek, David Pastrnak [Chris Johnston]
Finland: Sebastian Aho (the forward), Aleksander Barkov, Mikko Ratanen [Chris Johnston]
United States: Auston Matthews, Patrick Kane, Seth Jones [Frank Seravalli]
Sweden: Gabriel Landeskog, Mika Zibanejad, Victor Hedman [IIHF]
Also related to the 2022 Winter Olympics, qualification games are ongoing for the Women’s Ice Hockey event. The U.S., Canada, Finland,
ROC Russia, Japan, Switzerland, and China are in. Three spots remain. Great Britain hosts South Korea, Slovenia, and Iceland in Group F. Italy is hosting Spain, Kazakhstan, and Chinese Taipei Taiwan in Group G. Poland is hosting the Netherlands, Mexico, and Turkey in Group H. The winners of each group go play in a Final Qualification group stage that will take place in mid-November. Again, three groups of four nations; the hosts of those groups will be Czech Republic, Germany, and Sweden. [IIHF]
Carey Price will be taking a leave of absence as he enters the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program [NHL] Per Marc Bergevin, the leave will be at least 30 days. [Elliotte Friedman] Angela Price, Carey’s wife, has made a statement on Instagram [via Elliotte Friedman]
Montreal GM Marc Bergevin did not sign an extension. His current contract ends on June 30, 2022. [John Lu]
Colorado head coach Jared Bednar will not be behind the bench for the Avalanche’s final two preseason games due to a positive COVID-19 test. [Colorado Avalanche]
Ottawa forward Colin White will miss 4-6 months for a dislocated shoulder that will require surgery. [TSN 1200]
Colorado goaltender Pavel Francouz is out with a lower-body injury for 4-6 weeks [Mike Chambers]
Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold believes “we have a playoff team.” OK. Leipold also supports the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter buy outs he paid for. [The Athletic($)]
Columbus will hold a tribute to the late goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks on their opening night. His #80 will be retired. [CBJ Coverage]
Massachusetts youth hockey programs have a severe shortage of referees due to abuse from parents, coaches, and players. It is resulting games being postponed and cancelled; which is nothing but bad for the sport. If you are a hockey parent, coach, or player, then respect the referee. They’re doing a job and maybe even volunteering to do so. It is not perfect. And you’re not playing for any actual stakes. So give them a break. Do not be the reason why the game suffers. [CBS Boston]
ESPN has created their NHL on ESPN Youtube Channel and debut a new show called The Point to discuss hockey. Check it out. Their banner has Greg Wyshynski in a Brodeur jersey. [NHL on ESPN Youtube Channel]
Feel free to discuss these and any other hockey-related stories in the comments below. Thank you for reading.