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Red Wings-Devils morning skate Tweets and articles: Devils don’t skate, Wings hold an optional

The Detroit Red Wings continue their 4-games-in-6-nights stretch against the New Jersey Devils this evening (7:00 PM on FSD/Sportsnet/MSG/97.1 FM). It's expected that Joe Hicketts will make his NHL debut for the Red Wings tonight, and both teams are a bit "banged up" heading into tonight's game.

Prior to the morning skate, the Devils website's James Stolfi posted a set of game notes...

Tonight is the third and final game between the Devils and Red Wings this season. The Devils lead the season series 2-0-0. They defeated Detroit, Nov. 25 (4-3 Wo) at Little Caesars Arena and Dec. 27 (3-1 W) at Prudential Center.

The Devils have never swept the Red Wings, 3-0-0, in a season series. The club is 3-2-2 vs. Detroit since the 2013-14 season. New Jersey is 13-7-5 (6-4-2 home) vs. the Eastern Conference and is 8-1-4 (4-1-2 home) against Atlantic Division opponents.

Taylor Hall leads all Devils with 4PTS (1G-3A) vs. Detroit this season. Brian Gibbons (OT) and Nico Hischier have New Jersey's game-winners thus far.

NorthJersey.com's Andrew Gross posted a set of Devils game notes...

First period – The return of Cory Schneider: The expectation is that Schneider will be back in net for the Devils as he said on Sunday he’s fully recovered from a stomach illness that sidelined him last week. Schneider was unable to dress for both a 4-1 win over the Islanders at Barclays Center on Tuesday and against the Flyers while backing up Kinkaid in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime win over the visiting Capitals.

Rookie Ken Appleby, 22, who stopped all 24 shots he faced in his NHL debut as he relieved Kinkaid on Saturday, will be the backup for now.

Before getting ill, Schneider had allowed at least four goals in five straight starts.

Second period – Taylor Hall’s status: The expectation is that the Devils’ All-Star leading scorer, Taylor Hall (17 goals, 31 assists), will be in the lineup after missing Sunday’s practice for “maintenance,” per the team. It’s the second straight practice Hall has sat out after not participating on Friday.

Yet, on Saturday, Hall, with a secondary assist, extended his point streak to seven games with five goals and seven assists in that span. Still, there is some health issue clearly nagging at Hall.

Third period – The return of Blake Coleman: With Gibbons about to miss his first game of the season, frequent linemate Blake Coleman will return to the lineup after being a healthy scratch the past three games.

Coleman has been a steady penalty killer and fourth line presence this season but Hynes cited a dip in his play on the penalty kill as well as a lack of production as to why he came out of the lineup.

And among MLive's Ansar Khan's notes:

Hicketts' long-awaited debut: Joe Hicketts’ is a fan favorite among Red Wings prospects due to his puck-moving ability and compete level wrapped up in a (listed as) 5-foot-8 frame. He’ll make his NHL debut Monday in New Jersey (7 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit).

He wasn’t drafted due to his size, but has flourished wherever he has played (WHL Victoria, Canadian World Junior team, AHL Grand Rapids). Many believe Hicketts can hack it in today’s NHL because he’s mobile, makes smart plays and doesn’t shy from contact.

Hicketts likely will return to Grand Rapids once Trevor Daley is healthy (perhaps Thursday or right after the All-Star break), but he should get an extended look with the Red Wings after Green is traded, which seems inevitable.

Young players need ice time: Luke Glendening, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm are expected back from injury either later this week or just after the All-Star break. They’ll likely replace Dominic Turgeon, David Booth and Luke Witkowski in the lineup.

Will this affect Tyler Bertuzzi’s ice time and role? It shouldn’t. Bertuzzi has played well in a top-six capacity, first on Henrik Zetterberg’s line and more recently with Dylan Larkin. He is chipping in offensively (one goal, seven assists in 12 games, with a team-best plus-3 rating), disrupting opponents on the forecheck and providing a net-front presence.

The Devils didn't hold a morning skate, and New Jersey made a personnel move in the morning:

NewJerseyDevils.com's Amanda Stein reported the Devils' no-morning-skate tidbit...

She discussed Mueller's recall...

Mueller was playing some of his best hockey when he went down with his injury. Hoping that once back in the lineup he can pick up where he left off.


Coach Hynes will speak at 4:30 p.m. we’ll get an update on Mueller then, as well as on Taylor Hall.


Reminder that Mueller is still on IR and just because he is back from his conditioning stint does not mean #NJDevils have to activate him.


Correction: Hynes will speak at 4:15 p.m.

NorthJersey.com's Andrew Gross weighed in...

Mueller played two games this weekend for Binghamton. Has been on LTIR since fracturing his left clavicle on Nov. 12.

As did NJ.com's Chris Ryan...

The Devils have recalled Mirco Mueller from his conditioning stint in Binghamton. Doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll play tonight. He’s still technically on IR and Devils don’t have to immediately activate him.

And NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale penned an article in which Swiss defenseman Roman Josi discusses Swiss rookie sensation Nico Hischier:

NJ.com's Ryan also posted the Devils' lineup prior to their game against Philadelphia. I've added the Brian Gibbons-Blake Coleman swap:


Taylor Hall - Nico Hischier - Jesper Bratt

Marcus Johansson - Travis Zajac - Drew Stafford

Miles Wood - Pavel Zacha - Kyle Palmieri

[Blake Coleman] - Brian Boyle - Stefan Noesen


Andy Greene - Sami Vatanen

John Moore - Damon Severson

Will Butcher - Ben Lovejoy

The Red Wings did hold a morning skate, and they hit the ice at the Prudential Center just before 11:30 AM, per the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa...

for now, at skate
#RedWings D


From WOOD TV's Larry Figurski:

And the Red Wings said, "Hello" at 11:58 AM:

After the morning skate, per the Free Press's Helene St. James...

And Krupa...

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Watch for New Jersey to try and get Hall-Hischier-Bratt out against Kronwall-Hicketts whenever possible. Speed versus cement. Could be an ugly matchup.

Posted by fatsavage on 01/22/18 at 11:55 AM ET


It would really be great to see Mrazek put together two strong performances in a row. Hoping for the best for him tonight.

Posted by Ilovekermit on 01/22/18 at 12:15 PM ET


What the heck! The devils don’t skate in an optional practice? How’d they get so good?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 01/22/18 at 12:43 PM ET

Colin's avatar

HSJ must be so pissed that Mrazek is playing tonight.

Hide your red wine, people.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 01/22/18 at 02:29 PM ET

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