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The Devils outplayed the Flyers for a good chunk of Tuesday’s game, but it was Philadelphia that came away with a 3-2 win in overtime off a Jack Hughes turnover. [Devils NHL]
Some confirmation that Timo Meier is still not 100%:
Lindy Ruff certainly suggested that Timo Meier isn’t playing at his full capacity to where he was prior to the injury.— Amanda Stein (@amandacstein) December 19, 2023
He said the injury sustained is something that would have affected his skating.
Said they are trying hard to get him there and Timo is as well. #NJDevils
Jack and Luke on NHL Network:
Pierre LeBrun on Dougie Hamilton’s injury timeline: “They don’t have a firm timeline, but my understanding is that he’s probably out until the playoffs, until perhaps late April or early May. The flip side to that is it means they have his $9-million cap hit to play with ahead of the March 8th trade deadline. And that’s the intention from the New Jersey Devils – is to likely be aggressive if they improve in the standings here. They’ve already been doing their due diligence on the ‘D market,’ but they could also potentially add a goalie. They could add a couple players that could help that roster with that $9 million.” [TSN] [The Athletic ($)]
D.J. Smith is out in Ottawa:
Head coach DJ Smith has been let go by the Ottawa Senators.— TSN (@TSN_Sports) December 18, 2023
Jacques Martin takes over as interim head coach and Daniel Alfredsson joins the staff as an assistant coach. pic.twitter.com/yCPLu2usxi
“Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin says the rising number of dangerous hits resulting in injuries — including one that recently knocked him unconscious — is concerning to players across the NHL.” [Sportsnet]
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