Player News - Devils

Date: Team: Pos:

Travis Zajac (pectoral) was on the ice by himself Wednesday.

Zajac was projected to miss four-to-six months after having surgery in August, but Devils coach John Hynes noted that he might be back at the more optimistic end of that spectrum. "There’s a possibility," Hynes said. "Travis is in unbelievable shape. When a guy like that gets injured, sometimes the recovery time is quicker because the body is in good shape. It looks like he’s progressing really well." Zajac had 14 goals and 45 points in 80 contests last season.
Oct 19 - 4:35 AM

Keith Kinkaid will start on either Thursday or Friday.

Devils coach John Hynes hasn't named his starter for either contest, but he did say that Cory Schneider wouldn't be used in both games. The likely scenario is that Schneider will start on Thursday against Ottawa and Kinkaid will face San Jose Friday night, but we'll see.
Oct 19 - 4:32 AM

Nico Hischier recorded two assists in the Devils' 5-4 shootout win against Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

Hischier is up to four assists in six contests with three of those points coming in his first two games. He's got a lot of offensive upside, as you would expect from a first overall pick. He's worth gambling on in standard leagues if he's still available.
Oct 18 - 5:14 AM

The New Jersey Devils are starting to lean heavily on 22-year-old defenseman Steven Santini.

Santini logged 25:40 minutes of ice time in New Jersey's 5-4 shootout win on Tuesday. That was the third straight contest that he's gotten at least 20 minutes and it brought his season average up to 20:58 minutes. Not bad for a blueliner who entered the season with 39 NHL contests on his resume. "I’d say the last two games, the Ranger game (a 3-2 Devils win on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden) and this game, Steven has really taken a nice step," Devils coach John Hynes said. Santini's not much of an offensive contributor, though he does have two assists in six contests this season.
Oct 18 - 5:12 AM

Cory Schneider allowed four goals on 37 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Devils found themselves down 4-3 heading into the third period. That's when Schneider shut the door on Tampa, as they didn't score in the third frame, overtime and the shootout. Schneider now owns a 4-1-0 record with a 2.95 goals-against-average and a .917 save percentage.
Oct 17 - 10:49 PM

Drew Stafford scored a pair of goals in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Stafford's first goal opened the scoring just 2:45 into the game, while his second goal tied the game at four with just over four minutes remaining in regulation. Devils forward Kyle Palmieri, who also scored a goal in the game, added the winner in the shootout. Stafford now has three goals in his last two games since returning from a lower-body injury. He still isn't worth owning in any fantasy leagues.
Oct 17 - 10:39 PM

Stefan Noesen will be a healthy scratch against the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday.

Noesen has one goal in four games this season for the Devils. The Texas native will sit alongside Ben Lovejoy and Dalton Prout as healthy scratches in the press box.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 17 - 7:18 PM

Nico Hischier has contributed two assists in his first five NHL outings.

Hischier could start Tuesday's game alongside Taylor Hall and Drew Stafford after the trio practiced together on Monday. "You want to win games and we're 4-1," Hischier said. "The points will come. If you play the right way, the rest will come. If you win games, that's one way to show that you're playing the games the right way." It probably won't be much longer before the 2017 first overall pick scores his first NHL goal.
Oct 16 - 4:56 PM

Cory Schneider will get the nod for Tuesday's game with Tampa Bay.

Schneider lost for the first time in four starts on Friday when he surrendered five goals on 28 shots to the Washington Capitals. He will go into Tuesday's contest with a 2.75 GAA and a .924 save percentage.
Oct 16 - 1:40 PM

Do not be surprised if Jimmy Hayes is a healthy scratch Tuesday.

Hayes saw only 6:56 of action Saturday as coach John Hynes was not happy with Hayes, Marcus Johansson and Pavel Zacha. He benched the trio and went with nine forwards the final 35 minutes of the game. Hayes has one goal this season in five games and his spot in the lineup will likely be taken by Stefan Noesen.
Oct 15 - 8:54 AM

Marcus Johansson played only 4:48 Saturday.

A couple of giveaways early sealed Johansson's fate on the night. Johansson had two goals and four points in four games heading into Saturday's action so this is an anomaly. Look for 55-60 points from the former Capital.
Oct 15 - 8:51 AM

Pavel Zacha played only 5:35 on Saturday.

Zacha was not injured but was benched by coach John Hynes who was not happy with what he saw from the center. It started on Friday night with a four-minute high-sticking penalty and Hynes was not at all pleased when Zacha took a slashing penalty Saturday, leading to the benching. He should escape the doghouse for next game but Hynes is making it obvious he will not take miscues lightly. Zacha could get as many as 50 points this season if he remains healthy and stays on Hynes' good side.
Oct 15 - 8:48 AM

Will Butcher has impressed his teammates with his passing skills and play this season.

The defenseman has played only five NHL games and already has eight assists including setting up Drew Stafford on Saturday. "He’s a special player," Stafford said. "He’s fun to play with. Pretty much, you just have to get open. If he keeps this up, he’s going to have a heck of a career." We thought he could get 30 points at the beginning of the season but it appears that he is capable of 60 points which is gold for a defenseman in fantasy leagues. Grab him immediately if he is still available in your pool.
Oct 15 - 8:41 AM

Will Butcher notched two assists in a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.

Butcher assisted on Miles Wood's marker in the second before assisting Drew Stafford's game-winning power play goal in the third period. He's made a difference for the Devils with eight assists in five games.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 14 - 10:38 PM

Keith Kinkaid made 29 saves in a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers Saturday night.

Kinkaid got the start after Cory Schneider started Friday night against Washington. The netminder didn't disappoint in his first start of the NHL season.
Source: NHL.com
Oct 14 - 10:33 PM


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