Notes on Devils Health and Injury Statuses

Here is a roundup of Devils health and injury news from Devils sources.

On an “Inside the Devils Blog” post for the team regarding Tuesday’s practice for available players at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House, reporter Sam Kasan referenced a tweet by the Devils on their official Twitter account that said that goaltender Akira Schmid “and one member of the team’s locker room support staff in the NHL’s Covid-19 protocols.”

The same tweet said that the Devils are “awaiting test results on” goalie Mackenzie Blackwood.

Kasan clarified that Blackwood was kept out of practice while awaiting the results. Kasan also noted that Pavel Zacha, Yegor Sharangovich and Andreas Johnsson were all out of protocol and were on the ice for the practice today.

Kasan also reported that forward Miles Wood was skating “on his own and will begin on-ice rehab next week” after his hip injury. He had surgery for the injury on November 8.

Kasan did temper that news with word from head coach Lindy Ruff saying that Wood returning “to the lineup is still ‘months aways.’”

Ruff continued that Wood was “[m]entally very excited. I think any player wants to put his skates back on and get back out there after … it’s been around two months since he’s had his surgery. It’s the first step in the right direction. He’ll skate on his own. Hopefully, next week he’ll start the next step of that process and he’ll start skating more.”

Ruff continued “[h]e’s in a situation where he’s still months away for us.”

Kasan finished his blog post by mentioning that Wood ended last season “tied for the team lead in goals (17) for New Jersey” and that Wood “hasn’t appeared in a game for the Devils during the current season” due to his surgery.

As of this moment, the Devils are next scheduled to play the New York Islanders at UBS Arena in Elmont, New York on Thursday, January 13 at 7:30 PM.

Devils Make Roster Moves

In an article on the Devils’ official app today discussing the team’s practice this morning before heading to Columbus for Saturday’s game at the Blue Jackets, team reporter Catherine Bogart mentioned some roster changes New Jersey made prior to taking the ice.

Alexander Holtz and Kevin Bahl were reassigned to the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League while AJ Greer and Colton White were recalled from Utica.

Bogart mentioned that Greer and White were joined by Jesper Boqvist, Nolan Foote, Christian Jaros, Marian Studenic, Ty Smith and Jon Gillies for practice today.

Chalk this up to other news that I neglected to mention last week. in addition to being named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week, the NHLPA tweeted on January 3 that Jack Hughes was named the NHLPA’s Player of the Week.

That achievement was based on having multi-point games in the Devils’ three wins for that week. He was tied for first in NHL scoring with two-straight three-point games against the Buffalo Sabres and the Edmonton Oilers.

Off course, he added a multi-point game (a goal and two assists for three points) last night in the Devils’ 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Devils will be at it again tomorrow night this time in Columbus in the Ohio-half of a home-and-home with the Blue Jackets.