Something I missed
from earlier this week. The Devils have placed three more players into the NHL’s
Hischier, Sami Vatanen and Connor Carrick will join 18 other players “on the COVID-related
absence list” according to Amanda Stein.
that “they are new additions to the list based on the guidelines outlined by
the League and NHLPA.”
with three more games postponed this, and next, week, are looking to get back
into things on February 16 against the Rangers in Manhattan.
That is the
plan, but, of course, these things are fluid at this point and very subject to
change. We will see if that target date holds true.
news, Stein is also reporting (today), that Josh Jacobs has been recalled to the
taxi squad and Gilles Senn and Kevin Bahl have been assigned to Binghamton. Mikhail
Maltsev has also been assigned to the taxi squad.
Jacobs comes to the taxi squad from AHL Binghamton. Their season just began on Monday, but according to Stein, Jacobs has NHL experience, having participated in three NHL games since 2018-19.
Bahl goes to
Binghamton from the taxi squad, as does goaltender Senn.
to the taxi squad from the main NHL roster according to Stein. He played on January
31 in the win over Buffalo (the Devils’ last game in about two weeks due to the
The NHL announced
this afternoon that three more Devils games have been postponed in addition to
two Buffalo Sabres games and two Minnesota Wild games.
have been seeing more players placed into COVID-19 protocol than other teams in
a news release put out by the NHL, “a decision on when the three teams can
resume practice an game play will be made by the medical groups of the NHL, NHL
Players’ Association and each team in the coming days.”
games versus the Flyers on February 11 and 13 and the Bruins on February 15
have been postponed. New Jersey was supposed to resume play on the 11th.
Three previous games had been postponed through February 6.
The Devils currently
have Nate Bastian, Jesper Bratt, Nikita Gusev, Jack Hughes, Andreas Johnsson, Janne
Kuokkanen, Michael McLeod, Kyle Palmieri, Yegor Sharangovich, Pavel Zacha,
Travis Zajac, Dmitry Kulikov, Damon Severson, Ty Smith, Matt Tennyson and Eric
Comrie in protocol. The team’s practice and team facilities have been shut down
since the first of this month.
The press release
notes that neither the Devils nor the Sabres have played since January 31, a
5-3 Devils win. Buffalo’s facilities have been shut down since February 2.
also notes that the NHL has had to postpone 31 games during the current season.
Two Dallas Stars games were postponed before the season began.