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Eadko Gudas gets 2 for clipping
Wayne Simmonds 2 for unsportsmanlike
The Devils scored 16 seconds into the 5 on 3.
Gudas may be a marked man by the refs. He has not been the same player since his return from suspension, although he said he would not change his game.
A behind the scenes look at Taylor Hall when he recently returned to Edmonton.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Taylor Hall took the first step to cutting the cord with his old Edmonton Oilers team last week in New Jersey when he played against buddies Connor McDavid, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
But Hall will officially sever it Thursday night when he’ll be the enemy against the Oilers in the town where he got Kevin Lowe’s old No. 4 out of mothballs and on his back, where he went from teenager to man, where he got the letter A on his jersey.
“I honestly don’t know what I’ll feel,” said Hall, who played 381 games for the Oilers but traded in June 29 for defenceman Adam Larsson. “I think I’ll get a good applause … in the past when guys have come back and played they’ve always been gracious to them. I don’t think it’ll be any different. That’s the kind of people that are here in Edmonton. I really enjoyed my time here and the way they treated me.”
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
"It's going to be weird, but to be honest, it was really nice to have a game [Friday] against a different team," Hall said. "I guess now I start thinking about it. I'm just trying to stay focused on helping my team and trying to get two points for us. It's definitely going to be weird and I'm not going to downplay that. It's going to be a super strange atmosphere for me, but the quicker I put that aside and just focus on playing hockey and focus on my contribution to the team, I think that's the best way to go."
Hall said in November that his motivation after the trade was to prove the Oilers wrong for getting rid of him. He's hit or miss on if he has done that through almost half of his first season in New Jersey.
He has nine goals and 16 assists (25 points) in 30 games, and the Devils are 16-17-7, six points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Oilers, who haven't made the playoffs since 2006, are 20-13-7, third in the Pacific Division.
"I wanted to prove them wrong in more of a team sense than anything, more of, 'How much can I do to help my team?'" Hall said. "I'm obviously disappointed in that factor. We're one game below .500. We're not in a playoff spot and Edmonton is. I don't think that falls all on my shoulders, but certainly I think I have another level to get to and I think I will."
No penalty on the play and Moore was taken off the ice on a stretcher.
added 4:32pm, Wilson on the hit below...
from Andrew Gross of Fire and Ice,
Ben Lovejoy has a long history with Devils GM Ray Shero dating to their days together in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.
So while the veteran defenseman couldn’t recall an instance when Shero had such forceful comments as he shared on Wednesday, Lovejoy did not dispute the validity of the comments.
Shero, while backing coach John Hynes “100 percent,” said the Devils needed to “play (bleeping) harder,” and spoke of needing to always play with pride and to have “resolve” and pushback” in their game.
The Devils have lost seven straight heading into tonight’s game against the Flyers at Prudential Center. Bruising defenseman Seth Helgeson, recalled from Albany (AHL) today, will be in the lineup and paired with Jon Merrill as veteran Kyle Quincey is a healthy scratch (or out of the lineup for whatever reason) for the first time this season....
“He’s 100 percent right,” Lovejoy said of Shero’s comments after the Devils’ morning skate. “Ray is not one to come out and say something like that unless it’s true. And it is true. Guys in this room, coaching staff, players, management, we agree with him. We need to play better. We need to play a lot harder. We need so much more consistency out of so many more players. We are a team that needs to win every battle we’re in. We need to win the effort battle every night and we don’t do that nearly consistently enough and in order for us to win games, we need that. Ray is right.”
Captain Andy Greene said Shero’s comments did resonate in the room.
Kyle Palmieri gets two for goaltender interference, Price four for roughing.
via Sportsnet YouTube channel,
Watch as Travis Zajac can’t protect himself and crashes face first into boards after a push from Michael Chaput.
List of penalties below...
from Andrew Gross of Fire & Ice,
Michael Cammalleri missed the last six Devils' games because his 5-year-old daughter was hospitalized with pneumonia and eventually required surgery, the veteran left wing said this morning. Cammalleri returned to the team today to participate in the morning skate and will be in the lineup tonight when the Devils face the Maple Leafs at Prudential Center.
Cammalleri, 34, said his daughter, Chloe, is now back home and the family expects a "full recovery."
"She had a case of pneumonia that got pretty severe," Cammalleri said. "She had to get admitted to the hospital so I originally few out of Buffalo (on Nov. 11). At that point, her situation worsened over a couple of days. She had to have surgery. We're very fortunate it was a successful surgery. We expect a full recovery so we feel very fortunate for that. She's just recently come home, released from the hospital and it's good to have her home.
"It's your worst nightmare but we're fortunate she's going to make a full recovery," Cammalleri added."
via the New Jersey Devils,
The New Jersey Devils provided the following update on LW Taylor Hall:
This afternoon, Taylor Hall underwent successful arthroscopic surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee.
The procedure was performed at Summit (NJ) Medical Group Surgery Center by team physician Dr. Michael Shindle and Dr. Jonathan Glashow, the Devils' Chief Medical Officer.
His expected recovery time is approximately 3-4 weeks. Additionally, the club has placed Hall on Injured Reserve.
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