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Devils in the Details - 9/29/21: First Game Edition

New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 9/29/21

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Looks like we’ll get to see Jonathan Bernier in the first Devils preseason game.
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Here are your links for today:

Devils Links

The Devils preseason schedule gets underway tonight against the Capitals!

By now you’ve most likely heard that the Devils player who is not vaccinated against COVID-19 is, in fact, Mackenzie Blackwood. He talked about that decision on Tuesday: [The Athletic] [NHL]

One tiny little item of note/concern to highlight from that last story on the team website: Blackwood apparently had offseason surgery on his heel in June. Here’s Blackwood commenting on that: “I think I’m on track, just waiting for the last little bit of explosiveness and strength to come back to my ankle, but I feel like you know my reads, positioning, hands, tracking, all that are right on top of things, so I feel like I’m in a good spot to continue to grow and I think that the start of the season I’ll be in good shape.”

NHL.com’s Dan Rosen and Mike Morreale give a season preview for the Devils:

Hockey Links

Key dates! We have some key dates here!

Makes me wonder about the contract situation of one Thomas James Fitzgerald?

Can’t wait for that final episode.

Feel free to discuss these and any other hockey-related stories in the comments below.