Coach Rex Ryan says he'd like to see more passes thrown Watkins' way, The Buffalo News reports. "We've got to find ways to get him the football," Ryan said this week, "because he is that talented and that's a challenge to our staff. Even our quarterback. Let's get
The ledger for Watkins receiving more looks now has Ryan, Watkins, Watkins' agent, and about seven million
Patrik Elias played 14:50 over 20 shifts in his first game of the season Wednesday night, the North Jersey Record reports. He spent 5:32 on the power play.
Elias didn't dent the score sheet, but did get two shots on goal and had two other attempts. "I thought it was a good first game for Patrik to come back," New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes said. "He looked good. He looked quick. I thought he was really smart the way he managed his shifts. He didn't overextend himself, he got a little bit of special teams action (and had a) strong work ethic. For being off that long and the time he put in, he looked pretty good out there tonight."
Kyle Palmieri took an elbow to the face in Wednesday's loss to the Blue Jackets and had to sit out part of the first period, but later returned to action, the North Jersey Record reports.
Palmieri cleared all concussion tests and still played over 16 minutes in the loss to Columbus. He was slated for x-rays after the game.
Matt Calvert tallied the game-winning goal Wednesday night against the Devils, tapping in the puck following a scrum around the net.
Calvert doesn't often get put in many goal-scoring opportunities while playing on the Jackets' fourth line, with virtually no time spent on the power play. He's had three goals on the season and his career high is a mere 13 goals.
William Karlsson scored the Columbus Blue Jackets ' first goal Wednesday night, putting them ahead in a tight contest.
Karlsson was stopped on his first shot attempt, but potted the rebound to get the scoring going. Don't count on continued production, however - this was just his third goal of the season, and he has just 29 shots in 22 games.