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Devils in the Details - 12/4/23: Dougie is Out Edition

New Jersey Devils & Related Hockey Links for 12/4/23

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Dougie Hamilton #7 of the New Jersey Devils skates in the first period of the game against the New York Islanders at the Prudential Center on November 28, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey.
Photo by Rich Graessle/NHLI via Getty Images

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Devils Links

Once again, a horrendous effort against one of the league’s worst teams. Simon Nemec made his NHL debut, but the Sharks, who had been winless on the road this season, took a 6-3 win. [Devils NHL]

Some history:

Dougie will miss some significant time:

Brendan Smith gets a two-game suspension:

…sigh... “Vitek Vanecek stands as the worst goalie in the league after allowing 9.51 more goals than expected when factoring in the quality of the shots he’s faced. The goalie doesn’t have this long, reliable history of being a No. 1 goaltender. It seemed like that 1A workload weighed on him down the stretch last season, and it’s carried into this year.” [The Athletic ($)]

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Well, this will certainly be something to watch in the next round of CBA negotiations:

Neck protection:

“It’s long been thought that no-look wizardry and otherworldly awareness are reserved for the game’s best. But cognitive performance coaches are looking to prove that ‘hockey IQ’ is a quality that can be learned and developed.” [Sportsnet]

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