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Devils' Nico Hischier: Will miss third straight game
Hischier (upper body) will not play Saturday afternoon against the Red Wings, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
This counts as the third straight absence for the No. 1 overall draft pick of 2017. Versatile rookie forward Brett Seney has done an admirable job stepping in as an indirect replacement for Hischier, so consider seizing him up as an alternative in fantasy circles.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Eric Gryba: Sent to parent club
Gryba was promoted from AHL Binghamton on Saturday.
Gryba's ascension to the NHL was necessitated by Sami Vatanen's placement on injured reserve, as the Finnish blueliner is dealing with a lower-body injury. The 30-year-old Gryba is not someone you should be concerned with in fantasy hockey since he's only accumulated 43 points (seven goals, 36 assists) over 281 career contests, though he does add physicality and grit as a 6-foot-4, 222-pound skater.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Lands on IR
Vatanen (lower body) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, with the move retroactive to Nov. 15.
Based on the NHL's IR rules, Vatanen will not be able to return until next Friday, meaning he's out for the next three contests. Eric Gryba has been called up from AHL Binghamton to take his roster spot in the meantime. Between the Finn's injury and being caught in a four-game point drought, Vatanen's ownership levels in fantasy hockey could dip precipitously. However, it's worth noting that he's still averaging 0.41 points per game over seven years of NHL service time between the Ducks and Devils.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Saturday status uncertain
Vatanen (lower body) will be evaluated Friday to determine whether he can play against the Red Wings on Saturday, Chris Ryan of the Star Ledger reports.
Vatanen logged just 9:14 of ice time before being forced out of Thursday's matchup with the Flyers. Prior to getting hurt, the blueliner was stuck in a seven-game goal drought during which he tallied a lone helper. If Vatanen is unable to give it a go, Egor Yakovlev could appear in his second NHL game.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Keith Kinkaid: Tending twine Saturday
Kinkaid will defend the cage at home versus the Red Wings on Saturday, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Kinkaid heads back into the crease following his 29-save, shutout performance over the Flyers on Thursday. On the year, the netminder is 8-5-1 with a trio of shutouts, a 2.60 GAA and .917 save percentage. The New York native set a career high with 26 wins last season and is on pace to crush that mark in 2018-19.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Nico Hischier: Game-time call
Hischier (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's matchup with Detroit, Mike Morreale of NHL.com reports.
Hischier has missed New Jersey's last two games due to an upper-body issue, but he returned to practice Friday, which was the first indication he was likely nearing a return to game action. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the 19-year-old pivot's status for Saturday's matinee likely won't be confirmed until the Devils take the ice for pregame warmups.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Blake Coleman: On fire over last 10 games
Coleman factored in all three of the Devils' goals in a 3-0 win over the Flyers. He scored an empty-net goal and set up the first two scores.
Coleman has 10 points in 17 games, but eight of those have come in his last 10 games. He's in his late 20s and last year was his first full season. This level of production will be hard to sustain, but if he comes close to that pace, Coleman will be an exceptional value play in fantasy. Give him a try.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Keith Kinkaid: Bricks up twine tent
Kinkaid threw down a 29-save shutout of the Flyers on Thursday night.
Kinkaid had an answer for everything the Flyers threw at him. He's the de facto starter in New Jersey or he is until he wobbles. Cory Schneider will just watch from the bench. Kinkaid has two consecutive wins and a 3-1 record in his last four starts. He's hot.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Sami Vatanen: Exits due to injury
Vatanen exited Thursday's game against the Flyers in the second period after suffering an apparent lower-body injury, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Vatanen suffered the injury when he fell awkwardly into the boards after taking a high stick from Philadelphia's Ivan Provorov. Another update on the 27-year-old blueliner's status should be released ahead of Saturday's matchup with Detroit.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Nico Hischier: Unavailable versus Flyers
Hischier (upper body) will not be in the lineup for Thursday's matchup with Philadelphia, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Hischier will miss his second consecutive contest due to his upper-body issue. While the center is bogged down in an eight-game goal drought, he has notched six helpers during that stretch. Once given the green light to return, the 19-year-old will no doubt return to the power play, where is averaging 3:58 of ice time and has scored five of his 12 points this season.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Keith Kinkaid: Gets starting nod against Flyers
Kinkaid will be between the pipes for Thursday's road clash with Philadelphia, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Kinkaid is coming off a 29-save victory over the Penguins on Tuesday and has clearly taken over as the starter over Cory Schneider considering he has appeared in five of the Devils' previous seven outings. The 29-year-old Kinkaid is 6-2-0 in eight career matchups with the Flyers, in which he posted a .911 save percentage.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Nico Hischier: Could return Thursday
Hischier (upper body) has not been ruled out for Thursday's matchup with the Flyers, Amanda Stein of the Devils' official site reports.
Hischier will likely be reevaluated following the game-day skate Thursday, with a decision on his availability probably coming closer to puck drop. If the center is unable to play against Philadelphia, Pavel Zacha figures to continue deputizing in his stead.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Damon Severson: Fills stat sheet
Severson posted a goal and an assist with a plus-3 rating and four shots in a 4-2 victory against the Penguins on Tuesday.
His goal was a beautiful slap shot that Penguins netminder Casey DeSmith had no chance of stopping. It was his third goal of the season, putting him ahead of his pace from 2017-18, and the excellent performance in the plus/minus almost returned him to even. Severson has three goals and 12 points with a minus-2 rating in 16 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Taylor Hall: Registers four-point night versus Penguins
Hall scored a pair of goals and posted four points in a 4-2 victory against the Penguins on Tuesday.
Boy, does he love playing the Penguins. Hall now has seven goals and 20 points in 15 career games against Pittsburgh. The reigning league MVP recorded two assists in the first two periods, and then added two goals, including an empty-netter to seal the victory, in the third period. It's been slow going for Hall in the goal department, so maybe this will get him going. Still, he has five scores and 19 points in 16 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Devils' Keith Kinkaid: Rebounds from rough loss
Kinkaid allowed two goals on 31 shots in a 4-2 victory against the Penguins on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old has allowed at least six goals in two of his last six games, but the good news is he has rebounded well to both of those poor starts. On Tuesday, he held the Penguins mostly at bay, yielding just one goal at even strength. Still, Kinkaid needs a few more performances like these to pull his numbers up to league average. He is 7-5-1 with a .911 save percentage and 2.80 GAA this season.... See More ... See Less