The Devils hope Blackwood (heel) will be ready to return to the ice "in the next day or two," Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.

Blackwood is still recovering from offseason heel surgery, but if he's able to return to practice Saturday or Sunday, he could be ready to make his season debut Tuesday versus the Kraken. Jonathan Bernier will serve as New Jersey's No. 1 netminder until Blackwood is ready to rock.

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